MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Carlos Knox had a game-high 23 points to lead a quartet of double-digit scorers for Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) in the Wolves’ 82-60 rout of the University of Rio Grande, Saturday afternoon, in the consolation game of the MVNU Homecoming Classic at Ariel Arena.
Cardinal Stritch improved to 2-3 with the victory.
Rio Grande dropped to 0-4 with the loss.
The RedStorm’s biggest – and only – lead of the day came 17 seconds into the game on a three-pointer by freshman Trey Kelley (Minford, OH), but Cardinal Stritch scored 23 of the next 29 points to open up a 14-point advantage midway through the first half and never looked back.
The Wolves shot 57.7 percent from the field (15-for-26) in the opening half en route to an 18-point edge at the intermission.
Rio Grande shot just 25.8 percent over the same stretch (8-for-31).
The RedStorm got no closer than 17 points at any stage of the second half and trailed by as many 32 points, 78-46, after a pair of free throws by Knox – who also had a game-best six assists and two steals – with 3:56 left in the game.
Frederik Benzon added 18 points and a game-high eight rebounds for Stritch, while Nemnja Knezevic and Damian Stoneking finished with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The Wolves survived 22 turnovers by shooting 50.8 percent for the game (31-for-61) and outrebounding Rio, 36-29.
The RedStorm ended the day at 31.1 percent from the field overall (19-for-61), while connecting on just six of 22 three-point tries and committing 19 turnovers of their own.
Seniors Will Hill (Worthington, OH) and Devon Price (Pickerington, OH) scored 18 and 10 points, respectively, to lead Rio Grande in a losing cause.
Sophomore Stanley Christian (Norfolk, VA) led the RedStorm with seven rebounds.
Rio Grande returns to action on Friday night in its home opener against Wilberforce University in the opening round of the Bevo Francis Invitational Tournament.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.