One of the Ripon College men’s basketball team’s goals during its exhibition game against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Monday was to win one of the periods between media timeouts.

   After it fell short of doing that in the first half, Ripon head coach Ryan Kane challenged his team to accomplish that in the second half.

   “This first media [timeout], we’ve got to win,” he said at halftime. “We’ve got to win this first media and it’s going to start on the defensive end of the floor. If we have to take it out of the rim and inbound it and play against all five, against their press, it’s going to be a long night. But guys, if we can get some stops and get it down in transition and touch the paint, we can make some plays.”

   The Red Hawks rose to the challenge, out-scoring the Division I Phoenix 14-7 in the first four and a half minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to 54-41.

   While that was as close as they got the rest of the game, they played much better in the final 20 minutes en route to a 100-70 loss.

   The game was played at the Resch Center, which seats around 17,000 people, in Green Bay.

   “Once we got into halftime and some guys who struggled in the first half got a chance to kind of settle down, we as a group settled down, I was really excited with how we played for the majority of that second half, in particular the first five minutes of the second half, where we really kind of answered the bell,” Kane said.

Read the full story, which includes information on some of the areas the Red Hawks excelled and an area they need to get better at before the regular season starts, in the Nov. 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.