If it wasn’t turnovers or allowing offensive rebounds, it was troubles defending Grinnell that plagued the Ripon College men’s basketball team last week Saturday.

   The Red Hawks were hurt by one area or another throughout their game against the Pioneers’ unorthodox style of play en route to suffering a 107-92 road loss.

   The defeat is their third straight and drops them into a three-way tie for the fourth and final Midwest Conference Tournament spot with Lawrence and Monmouth.

   Ripon (7-5 conference, 11-8 overall) committed 15 of its 22 turnovers in the first half against Grinnell’s relentless full-court press defense and allowed nine offensive boards on 31 missed shots.

   The result was a 53-39 deficit for the Hawks entering halftime.

   “Those are two huge numbers,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “The turnovers lead to points and the offensive rebounds led to points and they also had fouls, which got them to the free-throw line.”

  The Red Hawks cleaned up some of those areas in the second half, but weren’t able to get some key stops when they needed to.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to Monmouth, in the Jan. 31, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.