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|High Scoring Grinnell College at Monmouth College Wednesday Night
|Basketball fans who've not seen the Grinnell College men's team play have missed something very unique. That opportunity presents itself Wednesday night, and it's free.
The high-scoring Pioneers will be at Glennie Gym to play Monmouth College in a Midwest Conference showdown. Grinnell is not having a strong season, although the team is playing much better lately with two straight wins. Monmouth College split last weekend's games, and like Grinnell, finds itself in the bottom half of the conference standings.
The Pioneers (4-10, 3-5) beat Lawrence (7-8, 4-4) 90-89 last Friday and won another close game against Carroll (11-5, 6-3), which is second in the league standings, 101-99 the next day. The game was decided on a buzzer-beating shot.
Monmouth (3-12, 2-6) defeated Beloit (5-11, 3-6) 67-62 and lost to Lawrence 89-65 in the team's last two outings.
Grinnell is typically one of the highest scoring teams in the nation. The Pioneers average 88.4 points per game, which is down quite a bit this season but still tops in the conference, and surrenders 98.6 per contest, which is last among the league's teams. Both averages are higher in conference play: 93.4 on offense and 109.8 on defense.
Monmouth College is seventh in the league in scoring at 71.1 points per game and eight in defense at 76.8. The Fighting Scots are scoring nearly five points per game less in conference games and giving up about two more points defensively.
Matt Skelly, a sophomore, leads Grinnell in scoring at 15.6 points per game, which is good for ninth in the Midwest Conference. He's hit 44 of his team's 242 thee-point baskets this season. The Pioneers have not won a game on the road this season in six tries. Grinnell has also struggled at the free-throw line, connecting on just 59 percent while opponents are shooting 74 percent and have attempted 112 more attempts from the stripe. However, the Pioneers' relentless full-court pressure has forced opponents into 22 turnovers per game.
The Scots are 3-4 at home this season. Eric Cogdill leads Monmouth in scoring at 15.7 points per game and rebounding at 7.9. Fellow post player Zach Ott is averaging 11.8 and 5.0. The Scots are shooting 41 percent from the floor, but opponents are shooting 47.5 percent and outrebounding Monmouth by six boards per game (39.2/33.1).
Admission to the game is free. It's scheduled to tip off at 7:00 Wednesday night. The Monmouth College women's basketball game against Grinnell is first at 5:00.