After leading 39-36 at the beginning of the fourth, scoring continued to be a back and forth battle, especially in the last few minutes of the game.
With about 17 seconds left, senior guard Jon Klein made a jumper in the lane to give the Hawks a two point lead.
On the defensive stop, senior forward Louis Pick got fouled, so with 2.1 seconds on the clock, Pick was at the line. He sunk both shots to give RSM a four point lead. According to Coach Ken Hajek, "[From there,] we had it under control."
The Wildcats threw up a desperate attempt in the remaining seconds, sinking a 3-pointer to pull within a point.
The buzzer sounded and the Hawks tallied their fourth win, 56-55.
"It was a very good team win a good win for the kids," Hajek said.
The Hawks had four players scoring in double figures in the win. Pick led with 13 while Klein and senior Brad Konopasek each had 12. Sophomore Skyler Higgins had 10.
Konopasek pulled down a team-high seven boards while Klein recorded four and dished out four assists. Senior Eric Bohnenkamp had four assists as well.
"Both Eric Bohnenkamp and Ryan Schorg played really well on defense," Hajek said. "Our assists were up, [which] means we moved the ball around on offense. We also improved our rebounding from the last game; we did a better job today."
The Hawks recorded a good shooting percentage according to Hajek. "We took good shots," he said. "Our percentage was higher than usual."
RSM sunk 24-of-50 from the field and went five-for-10 from the charity stripe. The Wildcats hit 21-of-47 from the field and netted six-of-13 free throw attempts.
Hajek credits his bench for their strong support late in the third quarter when senior leaders Pick and Klein saw foul trouble.
"The rest of the team picked up and stabilized the game until we got those two back in," he said.
Hajek specifically mentioned sophomore Tanner Kockler's performance. "He came off the bench and gave us six points in the third quarter. That helped us stay even with Pick out."
Despite the excellent performance from his team, Hajek still noted some areas that need to see improvement.
"We need to decline our turnovers per game," he said. The Hawks committed 19 turnovers in the contest. "We lose patience when the game speeds up and we commit too many turnovers.
"Tonight wasn't the most pretty ball game because of the turnovers, but the kids hung in there through the adversity of the foul trouble.
"We also need to improve our transition from the press. We gave up too many easy shots in the lane, [but] we can correct that without practice."
The Hawks will have to work on those improvements without practice, as they face Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn tonight. The game will be in Remsen-Union's gym due to the water damage in Marcus's gym.