Trent Jones delivers a twisting, floating, left-hand runner for the game-winning basket with 16 seconds left in Ripon’s 111-109 comeback victory over Grinnell.
Trent Jones delivers a twisting, floating, left-hand runner for the game-winning basket with 16 seconds left in Ripon’s 111-109 comeback victory over Grinnell.

   Ryan Steffes broke out of a shooting slump from behind the 3-point line in a big way Tuesday.

   The Ripon College freshman converted 9 of 13 from deep to lead the Red Hawk men’s basketball team to a 94-69 win over Cornell.

   The nine 3-pointers tie him for the second-most in a single game in school history. Ty Sabin holds the school record with 11.
Steffes entered the game having made just 5 of his last 26 3-pointers, which spanned seven games.

   “Gosh, we’ve been waiting for it. It’s what he’s capable of,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “We talked about just trusting in the process ... He’s been shooting it great in practice [so we knew] that eventually it was going to come.”

   He added both Steffes and fellow freshman Drew Jorgensen are gaining comfort in the offense. Teammates, Kane said, are trying to get them the ball because they know what they can do.

   Three of Steffes’ nine 3-pointers came in the first nine minutes, which helped the Red Hawks (6-2 conference, 9-5 overall) jump out to a 21-6 advantage over the Rams (1-6 conference, 3-11 overall).

Read the full story, which includes information on an improbable comeback against Grinnell and a strong finish at Lawrence, in the Jan. 10, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.