Loss puts Ripon College men in must-win situation

Zach Meulemans fights for possession of a loose ball.

A loss last week Wednesday has put the Red Hawk men’s basketball team in a precarious position.

Ripon (12-9, 10-6) lost an 89-88 heartbreaker to Carroll (11-9, 9-6) to fall into a three-way tie for third place in the Midwest Conference.

The game was evenly matched at the start, with both teams trading baskets. But halfway through the first period, Carroll went on an 11-0 run to gain an advantage. The Pioneers had a 52-39 lead at the half.

Carroll’s first-half outburst was fueled by solid 3-point shooting, as the team went 10 for 16 from beyond the arc in the period.

“They made a lot of 3’s and we didn’t play particularly good defense,” coach Bob Gillespie said. “At the half, we talked about the idea that we had to guard the ball every possession, and we did a better job.”

While Ripon was on the comeback trail, it couldn’t get back to even with Carroll until late.

Read the full story in the Feb. 17, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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