ISAAC MASTERS, LEFT, celebrates with Trent Jones after Ripon ended St. Norbert’s 47-game, regular-season conference home winning streak. Teammates behind them are, with faces visible, from left, Nathan Larson, Jake Nixon, Tyler Semenas, Cam Flowers and Aidan Nordquist.
ISAAC MASTERS, LEFT, celebrates with Trent Jones after Ripon ended St. Norbert’s 47-game, regular-season conference home winning streak. Teammates behind them are, with faces visible, from left, Nathan Larson, Jake Nixon, Tyler Semenas, Cam Flowers and Aidan Nordquist.

   There’s something about the third Wednesday of January and ending streaks for the Ripon College men’s basketball team.

   Exactly 52 weeks after putting the kibosh on the St. Norbert Green Knights’ NCAA Division III-record 72-game Midwest
Conference winning streak, the Red Hawks were at it yet again.

   With a 69-61 win last week Wednesday, they broke the Green Knights’ 47-game, regular-season home conference winning streak that dated back to December 2013.

   The win also snapped a 14-game losing skid for Ripon against St. Norbert in De Pere, Wis. Its last road victory in the series came back in the 2006-07 season.

   “It definitely is nice,” said Ripon head coach Ryan Kane, who played for St. Norbert from 1995-99, of the win. “We’ve talked within our locker room for the last 18 months or more about the momentum that’s building in our program and you can start to feel it. It was tangible when we snapped their streak last year here [in Ripon]. It was tangible when we were able to advance to the national tournament. It’s tangible when you beat UW-Oshkosh. It’s tangible when you beat St. Norbert at [its] home. All of those little things are getting us closer to where we all anticipated we would be.”

   He also added he was happy for the senior class, who wants to leave its own legacy on the program. It now has ended St. Norbert’s home-winning streak and knocked off the No. 3-ranked UW-Oshkosh Titans.

   Most importantly, Kane noted the victory kept the Red Hawks in contention for postseason play.

   The win, coupled with another victory last week Saturday against Grinnell, moves them into a tie for third place in the Midwest Conference. They are just a game back of first-place St. Norbert and Monmouth.

Read the full story, which includes information on the flow of the game, in the Jan. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.