scored 24 points Saturday
Ky. - Kevin Schappell arrived at Northern Kentucky University with
the reputation of being an outstanding shooter with the ability
to score points in a hurry.
Now in his
junior season with the Norse, Schappell is living up to the accolades
he earned as a prep standout at Loveland (Ohio) High School. After
seeing limited playing time his first two years, Schappell has emerged
as a consistent scorer and clutch shooter.
In fact, Schappell
currently leads NKU in scoring at 15.4 points per game. And he is
doing it by coming off the bench and providing the Norse with an
a career-high 24 points and added three steals Saturday as NKU remained
unbeaten with a 64-46 win over Drury in Regents Hall. The 6-foot-3
junior came off the bench and scored 16 points in the first half
as NKU built a 37-18 lead.
a 3-point shot while being fouled with 10:11 remaining in the first
half, and he converted the free throw to give the Norse a 12-9 lead.
NKU led the remainder of the game and improved to 5-0 overall,
2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Schappell made five 3-pointers
and finished 8-for-13 from the field, and he credited his teammates
for finding the open man on offense.
“Our guys just
did a great job of penetrating the gaps, and we’d get wide
open, step-in threes,” he said. “It really wasn’t
hard; all I had to do was step in and shoot because Billy (Finnell)
and (Kevin) Reinhardt drove and kicked it, and I was wide open.”
Schappell is now shooting
63.2 percent from 3-point range, and he leads NKU with 11 steals.
Schappell, however, is more focused on winning than individual accomplishments,
and he said the goal is to remain perfect in Regents Hall this season.
“We are going
on the road next week, so we wanted to start out 5-0 at home,”
he said. “We don’t want to lose on this court. That’s
our goal for this year. It was another big win for us and a conference
goes for a rebound
And the victory came
against a talented Drury team that had posted a road win against
Bellarmine two nights earlier. The Panthers, however, shot just
26.9 percent from the field in the first half and never recovered
“Our defense was
outstanding. We never really let them get into a flow, and we didn’t
make a lot of mistakes being in the spots,” NKU head coach
Dave Bezold said. “Hopefully, that will just carry over and
give us confidence that we can play good defense.”
Reinhardt added 17 points and 11 rebounds for NKU. The 6-4 junior
forward netted 10 points in the second half.
“Nothing he does
surprises me,” Bezold said of Reinhardt. “He just competes
so hard, and he’s really matured into a good basketball player,
not forcing things and learning the game. He’s been fantastic
and very consistent.”
Gavin Ludgood continued
his solid play with a 14-point, four-rebound performance. Finnell
came off the bench and dished out a game-high four assists and grabbed
As a team, NKU used 21-for-24 shooting from the free-throw line
to seal the win. The Norse made 11 of 12 free throws in the second
The NKU defense held
Drury’s Collins Harris, who entered the game averaging 18
ppg, to just nine points Saturday. The Panthers - who met NKU for
the first time in men’s basketball on Saturday - dropped to
4-2 overall, 1-1 in the GLVC.
NKU will hit the road Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. contest at Indianapolis.
The Norse will also meet GLVC East favorite Saint Joseph’s
at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night at Rensselaer, Ind.
“We know we have a tough week coming up now, so we definitely
wanted to go 5-0 and make it easier, get a little confidence heading
out on the road trip,” Schappell said. “Playing on the
road anywhere in the conference is tough.”