Aidan Nordquist releases a 3-pointer in Ripon’s 79-52 win over Cornell as the Ripon bench watches. Nordquist made the shot, which marked his first collegiate basket.
Aidan Nordquist releases a 3-pointer in Ripon’s 79-52 win over Cornell as the Ripon bench watches. Nordquist made the shot, which marked his first collegiate basket.

   Leading the Cornell Rams just 34-29 at halftime, the Ripon College men’s basketball team leaned on its defense last week Saturday.

  The Red Hawks allowed just three points in the first five minutes of the second half and turned a lot of the stops into offense as they cruised to a 79-52 road victory.

   They began on a 16-3 run to take a 50-32 lead and led by as many as 28 points late in the game.

   The win avenged a 59-58 loss to Cornell earlier this season and kept them in a three-way tie for the fourth and final conference tournament spot with a record of 5-3.

   “The key with all of that was our defense,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said of the early second-half run. “We were getting stops and getting out in transition, and we were hard to guard in transition.”

   The defense for the Red Hawks was good other times, too, as it held Cornell to 31 percent (15 of 49) from the field for the game — which is Cornell’s second-lowest percentage of the season.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Monmouth, in the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.