Red Hawk men make the shots, stops late to top Kalamazoo 90-88

The Ripon College men’s basketball team found out it has what it takes to win the second of back-to-back games last week Saturday.

Playing their second game in as many days to start the season, the Red Hawks rallied to defeat Kalamazoo 90-88 on the road.

“I schedule these back-to-back games for a reason: because they mirror what our league is like within conference play on the weekend doubleheaders and then our conference tournament,” Ripon head coach Ryan Kane said. “So the guys know that if we can make it to a ... conference tournament championship game, they’ve got it in the tank to be able to compete and play and win at that level.”

He added picking up the win on the road makes it even better.

“You find out everything you want about your team when you go on the road and you go on the road early,” said Kane, who’s beginning his eighth season leading Ripon. “It’s been a hallmark of the time that I’ve been here is that we’re always going to go on the road early and challenge ourselves because I want to know who we are.”

While the Red Hawks showed they have what it takes to win the second game of a back-to-back, it didn’t appear that way early on.

Read the full story, which includes information on a hard-fought loss to Hope, in the Nov. 14, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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