Perhaps Noreen is growing as he did in Minneapolis.
"I have the third-most makes of 3s in Minnesota history," Noreen said. "That's how I played in high school. In my early days, all I did was shoot 3s in high school. To bring it back today really felt good."
He said comparing his game to another Kevin - Pittsnogle - is "kind of a stretch." But don't underestimate Noreen's shooting ability.
"I played varsity in seventh grade," said the sophomore. "But I was only 5-9, 5-10. I wasn't posting up then. I had to take 3s. As I grew, it just stayed with me. As a senior, I was 6-10, but not shooting quite as many 3s."
"Hey, I'm not surprised," Murray said. "Sweat is the hardest worker I know. Sweat is the hardest worker on the team. I know Sweat can shoot it. He goes hard."
Huggins was pleased.
"[Noreen] shot the ball," said the coach. "He never shot it before. He wants to win, and he just felt there were other guys that may be able to get shots other than him. And he's kept rebounds alive, but I don't know if he's ever rebounded this well."
As for shooting beyond the 3-point arc, Noreen said that hasn't been a priority for him and Murray.
"We do a little bit of that," said the sophomore. "But we're mostly in the post and the short corner trying to get mid-range jumpers in. But on our own time we try to shoot some 3s too."
On Saturday, that extra practice paid off.
"We have more of a system where you pass the ball, screen and get your teammates open," Murray said. "You can't just come down jacking 3s. But once they're backing off, let it fly."
The hard work, though, was almost for naught. Tech's Robert Brown banked in a 3-point attempt to give the visitors a 67-66 lead with 18 seconds left.
"That really hurt," Noreen said. "I saw we had a good boxout. We had a ring inside. They weren't going to get that rebound. To see it bank in was demoralizing, but at the same time we knew we had time on the clock to get another shot."
Staten provided the winning bucket.
"We were running a 1-4," Noreen said. "It was an isolation play to Juwan. However, Turk [Deniz Kilicli] was going to duck in. We were going to look for Turk first and if that wasn't there, [Staten] was going to try to beat his man."
They had to sweat it out. But Sweat helped them out.
"The nickname really came my freshman year," Noreen explained. "We had [Kevin Jones], so there couldn't be another Kevin. I was Little Kev. Then the strength coach gave me the name Big Sweat. It stuck. I don't know if I like it, but it is what it is. At least I'm known for something."
And after Saturday's game, something else.
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