Humphrey launches a 3-pointer
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
will travel to Florida this week for a pair of games against opponents
from the Sunshine State Conference.
NKU will begin
by playing Nova Southeastern at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Norse will
conclude their trip Friday with a 7 p.m. game against No. 19 Lynn
NKU is 7-2
after posting an 85-39 win over Thomas More on Dec. 23. The Norse
are 3-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and will resume league
play Jan. 5 against Kentucky Wesleyan in Regents Hall.
CONTINUES AGAINST TMC: NKU has now beaten Thomas More 20
consecutive times and holds a 29-5 lead in the all-time series with
the Saints. NKU has not lost to Thomas More since the 1980-81 season,
when the Saints defeated the Norse by a 61-52 score in Regents Hall.
TARGET: NKU’s Kevin Schappell scored a career-high
25 points in the win over Thomas More. He poured in 20 points during
the first half and finished the game with six 3-point field goals.
who was 9-for-15 from the field, leads NKU in scoring at 13.4 points
per game. He also is No. 2 in the GLVC in 3-point shooting at 56.8
TIME: NKU sophomore guard Mark Hawkins scored a career-high
13 points against Thomas More. Hawkins drained a trio of 3-pointers
in the first half and helped NKU build a 45-24 lead at the break.
NO. 1 IN THE GLVC: NKU sophomore forward Vincent Humphrey
leads the GLVC in 3-point shooting at 57.1 percent. Humphrey, who
averages 10.0 ppg, is shooting 12-for-21 behind the arc. He is also
shooting 81.3 percent from the free-throw line and 49.1 percent
from the floor.
averages 10.2 points
UNBEATEN AT HOME: NKU improved to 6-0 this season in Regents
Hall with the victory against Thomas More. The Norse are 1-2 on
HAS CAREER NIGHT: NKU freshman guard David McFarland recorded
career highs in assists (six) and rebounds (eight) against Thomas
More. McFarland also had two steals and just one turnover in 29
minutes of action.
JUST MISSES DOUBLE-DOUBLE: NKU senior center Gavin Ludgood
just missed a double-double against Thomas More by finishing with
nine points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes of playing time. Ludgood
averages 10.2 ppg and is shooting 58.6 percent from the field.
UP THE DEFENSE: NKU held Thomas More to 17.9 percent shooting
from the field during the second half. The Saints made just one
field goal during the first 15 minutes of the second half and finished
5-for-28 from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
PLAY: NKU dished out 23 assists against Thomas More.
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN: The Sharks are 5-2 after defeating North
Alabama, 92-91, in overtime on Dec. 17 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Luis Gurrieres made a free throw with 4.5 seconds remaining to win
it for Nova Southeastern.
David Naylor recorded his third double-double of the season with
21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while senior guard Kenny
Faulk also added 21 points in the triumph.
Nova Southeastern in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg).
Faulk averages 10.4 ppg for the Sharks, who have never met NKU in
LYNN: The Fighting Knights are 8-2 and ranked 19th nationally
in the NCAA Division II poll. Marcus Hayes led Lynn to an 88-58
victory over Southern Connecticut State on Dec. 20 with a season-high
27 points. Hayes also made a career-high seven 3-point baskets as
the Fighting Knights hit a school-record 14 3-pointers in the victory.
Lynn in scoring at 19.4 ppg. Andrew Smith is scoring 12.1 ppg for
the Fighting Knights, who advanced to the NCAA Division II Final
Four last season.
LAST TIME AGAINST LYNN: On March 20, 1997, in the NCAA
Division II Final Four at Louisville, Ky., NKU rolled to a 79-58
win over Lynn. Paul Cluxton and Shannon Minor each scored 18 points
to lead the Norse to their 30th victory of the season. Cliff Clinton
grabbed 14 rebounds for NKU.
sent NKU to the NCAA Division II national championship game against
Cal State Bakersfield. The Norse dropped a 57-56 decision to Cal
State Bakersfield to finish as national runner-up for the second