Scots Men’s and Women’s Basketball Remain in 2nd Place with Victories; Skrivseth Gets 100th


Monmouth College Men

Todd Skrivseth‘s 100th career win couldn’t have come in a more dramatic fashion than Tuesday night’s 90-87 overtime win at Illinois College that was 13 lead changes and 13 ties.

Facing the team coached by Steve Schweer, the first assistant Skrivseth hired at Monmouth nine years ago, the Scots trailed 75-72 with time running out but Trey Swearingen kept Skrivseth’s chances for the milestone win alive. The senior drained his sixth 3-pointer of the night, finishing with 20 points to send the game to OT knotted at 75-all.

The Scots took an early lead in OT before the Blueboys rallied for an 82-79 lead with 1:36 to play. Dee Hyler countered, burying a pair of free throws to cut the margin to 82-81. Four straight free throws followed for the Scots, two from D.J. Swift and two from Swearingen to stake Monmouth to an 85-82 lead with :54 left on the clock. The Scots took advantage of the line in the final minute with an 8-for-12 effort as Tyler Houston sank the final ‘throw of the night to ice the game for the final score with a second left.

Swearingen, who went 6-for-11 from 3-point range, and Swift paced the Scots with 20 points each. Justin Batterton added 18 and Hyler 16.

Monmouth, second in the Midwest Conference, returns home to host Lake Forest, No. 3 in the MWC, Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Monmouth College Women

Tarae Warner came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points, sparking the Scots to a second half rally in a 78-69 win Tuesday night at Illinois College.

The Scots got off to a slow start in the opening quarter and trailed 22-8 before closing the gap in the second quarter. Warner canned one of her six 3-pointers at the end of the first half to trim the deficit to 31-22 at the intermission.

Monmouth heated up in the second half, but still trailed by six, at 52-46 by the end of the third period. Yvonne Ornelas’ 3-ball with 6:31 left in the game gave the Scots their first lead of the game at 57-56, but the teams traded the lead down the stretch. Another Warner trey with 2:44 remaining gave Monmouth the lead for good at 66-63. The Scots completed the comeback by making 7-of-8 free throws in the final 48 seconds to avenge a December loss to the Lady Blues.

Warner, who went 6-for-11 from the floor, led the Scots with 19 points, Becca Gallis added 16, Shayne Smith 13, Ornelas 12 and Jordan Kintigh 10. Monmouth’s hot hands at the free throw line continued where they hit 19-of-22 ‘throws.

The Scots, currently in second in the Midwest Conference, host Lake Forest, tied for third in the league, in a Saturday tip off in Glennie Gym at 5 p.m.

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