Cal Schultz attacks the basket in Ripon’s win over Lawrence. He finished with 17 points, which pushed him over the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Cal Schultz attacks the basket in Ripon’s win over Lawrence. He finished with 17 points, which pushed him over the 1,000-point mark for his career.

   Ben Young hasn’t had many chances to make an impact for the Ripon College Red Hawk men’s basketball team this season.

   But when he has, the freshman has made the most of them.

   Receiving significant playing time Tuesday for just the second time, Young knocked down four straight early 3-pointers against Cornell to break open a 10-8 game.

   It was the start of a decisive 20-2 run for the Red Hawks en route to an 84-65 road victory over the Rams.

   Young was getting early minutes in the contest due to Tyson Tully being out with an injury.

   “Ben is an elite shooter and probably one of our best shooters,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said of the 6-foot, 4-inch forward. “… It’s very competitive in our program as far as making it into the rotation, so we have a ton of confidence in Ben [and] Ben has a ton of confidence in himself. We knew that when we called his number, he just had to go out there and do what he does, which is see the rim and make shots. He did that and that was a huge, huge deal for us to kind of get us some energy, which that flowed into our defensive play.”

   Young wasn’t the only player to step up in Tully’s absence. Owen Theune filled his spot in the starting lineup and scored a career-high 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

 Read the full story, which includes information on games against Lawrence and Lake Forest, in the Feb. 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.