Trent Jones (5) watches his 3-pointer go through the basket as the Ripon bench celebrates behind him. Pictured are, from left, Justin McNeal, Connor Kuhn, Aidan Nordquist, Marco Lewis, Alex Buchholtz, Beau Carry, student assistant coach Zach Bart, Donnell Finch and Koy Brecklin. The 3-pointer was part of a 12-2 run that blew the game open for Ripon.
Trent Jones (5) watches his 3-pointer go through the basket as the Ripon bench celebrates behind him. Pictured are, from left, Justin McNeal, Connor Kuhn, Aidan Nordquist, Marco Lewis, Alex Buchholtz, Beau Carry, student assistant coach Zach Bart, Donnell Finch and Koy Brecklin. The 3-pointer was part of a 12-2 run that blew the game open for Ripon.

   The Ripon College Red Hawk men’s basketball team found itself with its back to the wall entering last week Saturday’s home game against the Lake Forest Foresters.

   It was just 2-3 in conference play and was taking on a team that was tied for first with St. Norbert.

   Trent Jones and Isaac Masters didn’t let the Red Hawks drop to 2-4 as they combined for 48 points to lead their team to an 83-69 win.

   “It was critical. If we lost that game at home, we would have lost three of our four home games at home with only five more to go,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “And we needed to start beating teams at the top of the standings.”
Jones provided much of the offense for the Red Hawks early on.

   The sophomore connected on six of his first seven shots and tallied 13 of the team’s first 24 points.

   Despite that performance, Ripon (3-3 conference, 6-5 overall) was unable to pull away from Lake Forest (5-1 conference, 9-4 overall) in the first half as it led the Foresters just 34-31 at halftime.

   The second half also was closely contested, until the Hawks went on a 12-2 run with about five minutes remaining to take a 77-63 lead.

   During that stretch, they did much of their damage inside as they attacked the paint and got to the free-throw line several times.

Read the full story, which includes information on a loss to Grinnell, in the Jan. 11, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.