No Trent Jones?

   No problem for the Ripon College men’s basketball team last week Saturday against Luther.

   The Red Hawks defeated the Norse 59-49 on the road despite being without their leading scorer and senior captain, who sprained his ankle in practice two days earlier.

   “It was great,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said of the win. “It was certainly a tremendous challenge for us being the fourth game on the road [to start the season]. Even with Trent it was going to be a challenge for us, but without him it added to it. But one thing that we found early about this team is they’ve got tremendous guts.”

   Helping the Red Hawks (3-1 overall) overcome Jones’ absence last week Saturday was their defense. They held Luther (3-3 overall) to just 32% (19 of 59) from the field, which included 22% (8 of 36) behind the 3-point line.

   Ripon also won the battle on the glass as it out-rebounded the Norse 35-22 and had a 10-6 advantage in offensive rebounds despite missing 11 fewer shots from the field.

Read the full story, which includes information on a couple players elevating their game, in the Nov. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.