Men’s basketball suffers tough loss against St. Norbert

Beth Larsen

The Lawrence University men’s
basketball team lost its conference
game against first-place St.
Norbert College Saturday, Feb. 13
at the Schuldes Sports Center. As a
result of the Vikings’ cold shooting
throughout the game, St. Norbert
– currently ranked 14th in the
nation – dominated them, and the
final score was 68-50 in favor of
the Green Knights.
Lawrence shot just 32.8 percent
from the field for the entire
game and was 2-14 on three-point
attempts. John Dekker led the
Vikings with 12 points, making the
Vikings’ only two 3-pointers of the
night, and Jon Mays contributed
nine points. Tyler Cullitan also had
a game-high six rebounds.
After St. Norbert scored
the first 10 points of the game,
Lawrence spent the rest of the
game trailing by at least five points.
St. Norbert was ahead 32-20 at
halftime and increased that lead to
25 points within six minutes of the
second half.
They led by as many as 27
points with five minutes left in the
game, but the Vikings held them at
68 points with four minutes left,
allowing Lawrence to close the gap
to 18 points.
In response to the difficult
loss, Mays noted, “Our shooting
was just off. They’re a good team,
but we could have given them a
better game.”
The Vikings played Beloit
College Wednesday and return to
action again when they play Ripon
College at home on Saturday.
If they finish ahead of Carroll
University and Illinois College in
the overall standings, the Vikings
will claim the fourth seed in the
Midwest Conference Tournament
and open the tournament against
the host St. Norbert Green Knights
Feb. 26.