Red Hawks reach for the goal

Zach Meulemans scores two points in style against Beloit.

Fans that ventured to the Storzer Center during a blizzard warning Tuesday night were rewarded for their effort with an exciting men’s basketball game.

Ripon (11-7, 9-4) held off Lawrence (9-9, 8-5) 84-80 to take control of second place in the Midwest Conference.

The victory didn’t come easy though, as Lawrence erased an 18-point deficit to take the lead with less than 2 minutes left in the game.

Luckily, the Red Hawks came to life down the stretch to score nine of the game’s final 12 points to get the crucial conference win.

After the Vikings took a one-point lead near the finish, Taylor Koth responded by scoring seven points down the stretch and the Red Hawks hit all eight of their final free throws for the win.

Koth’s play down the stretch was not unexpected, as coach Bob Gillespie noted the team is full of players that can step up.

“We have at least three guys that want the ball when the game is on the line,” he said.

Ripon was led by Aris Wurtz with 18 points. Nic Schaalma followed with a career-high 17. Scott Gillespie had 16 points and a career-high 14 assists for his 15th career double-double.

Gillespie hopes the tight win will be a momentum builder for the team.

Read the full story in the Feb. 3, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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