Seth Kostroski attempts a layup as Cornell’s Corey Davis tries to block it from behind in the first half of Ripon’s 59-58 loss to the Rams. Kostroski finished with seven points.
Seth Kostroski attempts a layup as Cornell’s Corey Davis tries to block it from behind in the first half of Ripon’s 59-58 loss to the Rams. Kostroski finished with seven points.

   “We can’t be afraid of the moment. We’ve got to seize the opportunities when they are there.”

    That’s what Ripon College men’s basketball coach Ryan Kane said following his team’s 59-58 loss to Cornell last week Saturday.

   The host Red Hawks jumped out to a 34-16 lead in the game, before getting out-scored 43-24 the rest of the way en route to falling to 0-2 in the Midwest Conference.

   “I don’t know exactly what the reasoning was behind it,” Kane said of the collapse. “We lost a little bit of the momentum, I think, of the game. I just happened to see maybe a little too much doubt in the eyes of some of our guys. At the end of the day, I think there’s still an adjustment period happening with this team on the offensive end of the floor when you talk about basically four new starters.

   “There’s a little bit of a growth period here that, I think, maybe we all didn’t anticipate would be there; we had seen pretty good results in some of the earlier games, even the loss against Loras. But there’s a different level of intensity defensively that happens in conference games against good teams.”

   Offense was the problem for Ripon as it shot just 21 percent (6 of 28) from the field in the second half and did not make a field goal until eight minutes into the half.

   Kane noted he couldn’t recall a game where his team shot the ball so poorly in a half during his five-plus years at the helm.

Read the full story, which includes information on a 58-57 heart-breaking loss to Monmouth, in the Dec. 7, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.