The Ripon bench rises to its feet as Seth Kostroksi releases the go-ahead 3-pointer with 49 seconds left. Pictured on the bench are, from left, Cam Flowers, Marco Lewis, Alex Buchholtz, Beau Carry, Donnell Finch, Kyle Rutkowski, Trent Jones and student manager Eric Fels.
The Ripon bench rises to its feet as Seth Kostroksi releases the go-ahead 3-pointer with 49 seconds left. Pictured on the bench are, from left, Cam Flowers, Marco Lewis, Alex Buchholtz, Beau Carry, Donnell Finch, Kyle Rutkowski, Trent Jones and student manager Eric Fels.

   The Ripon College men’s basketball team was no stranger to picking up big victories in 2017.

   It snapped St. Norbert’s NCAA Division III record 72-game conference winning streak in January and beat Lake Forest in February for its first tournament title since 2002.

   But the Red Hawks may have saved their biggest win of 2017 for the day before the ball dropped on the new year.

   Facing the No. 4-ranked team in the country — the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh — Ripon pulled off an upset as it defeated the Titans 83-80 last week Saturday at JustAgame in Wisconsin Dells.

   It is the highest-ranked opponent that the Red Hawks have beaten, as far as Ripon College Sports Information Director Michael Westemeier can remember.

   St. Norbert was ranked No. 7 when Ripon defeated it in January.

   The loss was the first of the season for UW-Oshkosh, which dropped to 10-1. The Red Hawks, meanwhile, improved to 5-5.

   “I think the quality of the opponent surpasses the teams that we beat last season in St. Norbert and Lake Forest to win the tournament,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “Each of those games certainly had meaning within themselves, but I think that’s certainly a quality opponent.”

Read the full story, which includes information on what the Red Hawks did right in the game, in the Jan. 4, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.