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St. Norbert men's, women's basketball teams sweep Lawrence

Both Green Knights basketball squads defeated their closest rivals Saturday.
#14 St. Norbert men 81, Lawrence 68

DE PERE (St. Norbert Athletics)- St. Norbert College finished the first half on a decisive run to lead to an 81-68 Midwest Conference win over Lawrence University at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (9-1, 5-0 MWC), ranked No. 14 in the D3hoops.com Top 25, finished the first half on a 19-2 to take a 41-30 lead at halftime. St. Norbert senior guard Brandon Gries also scored his 1,000th career point on his first basket of the game, making him the 26th player in school history to reach that plateau.

Lawrence made seven of its first 10 three-point field-goal attempts to build a 28-22 lead on a 3-pointer by Jamie Nikitas with 6:24 left in the half. St. Norbert went on a 10-0 spurt to take a 32-28 lead with 2:31 left in the half, with Izaiah Anderson's basket putting the Green Knights ahead for the first time since the early going.

Nikitas scored with 2:08 to go to trim the deficit to 32-30, but St. Norbert senior guard delivered a reeling blow in the final two minutes. Cerroni drained three consecutive 3-pointers, the last one coming from NBA distance to bring the Schuldes Sports Center crowd to its feet, to single-handedly key a 9-0 run for a 41-30 lead at the break.

Lawrence (5-5, 3-2 MWC) got to within eight on two occasions and trailed by nine at 48-39 with 15:06 left, but another Cerroni triple gave the Green Knights a 12-point lead and they would never trail by less than 11 the rest of the game.

Cerroni finished with 23 points, and canned seven 3-pointers - one short of the school record. Austin Elliott totaled 15 points. Gries ended with 12 points, while Andrew Schwoerer scored 11 points and snatched a game-high nine rebounds. St. Norbert shot 55.8 percent from the floor, making 29 of 52 shots, and was 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from beyond the three-point arc.

Lawrence shot 43.4 percent from the floor, making 23 of 53 shots. Nikitas totaled 22 points, while Ryan DePouw had 16 points. The Vikings, who made 12 of 25 (48.0 percent) of their 3-pointers, were outrebounded 35-20.

St. Norbert women 76, Lawrence 30

DE PERE (St. Norbert Athletics) - In its first game in 17 days, St. Norbert College continued its efficient offensive play this season in a 76-30 rout of Lawrence University in a Midwest Conference game on Connie Tilley Court at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Green Knights (8-2, 5-0 MWC) shot 58.5 percent from the floor, including 68 percent in the second half. St. Norbert was 31-for-53 from the floor overall and 17-for-25 in the final 20 minutes, and is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor on the season.

St. Norbert went on a 10-0 run following a 2-2 tie to take a 12-2 lead on a Heidi Van Sistine basket with 14:24 left in the half. Lawrence (3-7, 1-4) trailed 29-17 with 2:24 left in the half, but the Green Knights scored seven of the half's last nine points to lead 36-18 at halftime.

The Green Knights took all the mystery out of the outcome to open the second half, going the first 10 minutes of the period on an impressive 25-0 run to take a 61-18 advantage following a Brianna Byrne basket with 9:59 remaining.

Byrne finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Tasha Giese registered 14 points and 12 rebounds, and had a double-double at halftime with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Heidi Van Sistine came off the bench to add eight points.

Lawrence shot 22.5 percent (9-for-40) from the floor and was outrebounded 37-24. Kanae Nishitani led the Vikings with eight points.
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