Category: Fighting Scots

Monmouth College held Grinnell College to its lowest point total this season Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers downed the Fighting Scots 107-99 at Glennie Gymnasium. The Fighting Scots led most of the first half, taking an 11-point lead with 2:20 left in the half on Nick Marema’s two free throws. After the Pioneers had cut it to seven, Brent Burrows’ layup with four seconds left in the half sent Monmouth to the lockerroom with a 52-43 lead. Monmouth kept the pressure on at the start of the second session, stretching its lead to 14 at 60-46 on a bucket by Mike DeDecker. Grinnell was led in scoringby Aaron Levin with 23 points, Jon Calhoun led six Scots in double figures with 20 points as Monmouth shot 62 percent from the field.

-Bob

Eureka College fifth-year guard Jordan Kindred scored his 1,000th career point midway through the second half, hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds remaining and swatted away Monmouth’s potential game-tying layup as time expired, sending the Red Devils to an 82-80 non-conference victory over the Fighting Scots, Tuesday night at the Reagan Center. The decision marked Eureka’s first victory over Monmouth College since Feb. 24, 1976. After Monmouth’s Jon Calhoun successfully converted a 3-point play for an 80-79 lead with 17.5 seconds remaining, Eureka advanced the ball past half court without calling a timeout to run an offensive set.  Eureka senior forward Dustin Fritsch eventually found Kindred, who pulled up and buried a 27-footer from straightaway for an 82-80 lead. With no timeouts remaining, the Scots frantically advanced the ball past half court and toward the goal, but Mike DeDecker’s driving layup attempt was swatted away from behind by Kindred just before the final horn. The Scots’ lead swelled to double-digits, 49-39, on Nick Marema’s layup with 16:59 left in the contest. The Red Devils answered with a 13-3 burst and forced a 52-52 deadlock when senior guard Rian Nailor scored inside at the 12:34 mark. The Red Devils eventually claimed their first lead since the 1:45 mark of the first half when senior reserve center D.T. Thornton scored for a 59-58 edge with 8:46 to play.

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-Bob

Off to its best start in school history, the Grinnell College men’s basketball team won a hard fought 102-90 come-from-behind victory over Monmouth College before 875 fans. The Pioneers are now a program-best 14-1 on the season while improving to 10-1 in the Midwest Conference. They’ll take that mark into Saturday afternoon’s contest at Lake Forest College, a team that is 11-0 in the league. Junior guard Griffin Lentsch led Grinnell with 30 points, hitting 5-of-12 from 3-point land. Also in double figures for the Pioneers were Patrick Maher with 16 points and Matt Chalupa with 10. Kenny Foster, Michael DeDecker and David Altman led the Fighting Scots in scoring with 14 points each. The Pioneers had 13 steals and forced 35 turnovers with there tenacious man-to-man defense.

-Bob

The St. Norbert Green Knights came into Bobby Woll Memorial Stadium with fire in there eyes and they thrashed Monmouth College 48-2 in a Midwest League game Saturday afternoon. The statistics tell the tale, all in favor of the Green Knights. St. Norbert (3-2, 3-1) had 22 first downs to Monmouth’s eight, outgained the Fighting Scots (2-3, 2-2) 229 yards to 50 on the ground and 231-126 through the air and also nearly doubled Monmouth in time of possession. The St. Norbert defense also forced 7 Fighting Scots turnovers.

-Bob

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