Trent Jones releases a shot against Grinnell. He finished with a career-high 29 points, to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
Trent Jones releases a shot against Grinnell. He finished with a career-high 29 points, to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

   The last time the Ripon College men’s basketball team ended one of St. Norbert’s streaks, it lost its following game against Grinnell.

   The Red Hawks made sure that didn’t happen again last week Saturday as they defeated the Pioneers 113-105 at the Willmore Center.

   “Talking to some of the guys after the game ... I think they actually get more joy out of beating those guys than they do beating St. Norbert,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “It can be such a frustrating game to lose when you know that you may have a more quality team, but the style of play kind of levels the playing field; you’re forced to play their game. It’s such a challenge unlike any other game.”

   Grinnell, which plays an unorthodox offense that is predicated on firing rapid 3-pointers with a full-court press defense, gave the Red Hawks all they could handle.

   The Pioneers hung with Ripon for the first half — trailing by no more than nine points — and kept it close in the second, before taking an 81-77 lead with a little less than eight minutes left in the game.

   But the Red Hawks answered with a 13-1 run and led by at least five points the rest of the way — including by as many as 11 points at 104-93 — en route to the win.

   “I told the guys after the game that when teams respond the way they did to adverse moments throughout the course of a game and find a way to win, that’s the DNA of a championship team,” Kane said.

Read the full story, which includes information on a couple strong individual performances, in the Jan. 25, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.