Fla. - Kevin Schappell scored 18 points and made six free throws
in the final 20 seconds of the game as Northern Kentucky University
upset No. 19 Lynn (Fla.), 69-68, Friday night.
Bibbins converted two free throws with three seconds left to give
NKU a 69-65 lead, Lynn’s James Cage made a 3-pointer at the
buzzer to account for the final margin. Bibbins finished with a
career-high 11 points for the Norse, who led by nine points (60-51)
with just more than a minute remaining.
up and made our free throws at the end, and that was our cushion,”
NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “We were playing against
the clock at the end, and we beat a very good team.”
a graduate of Loveland High School, also grabbed seven rebounds
as NKU defeated a team ranked in the NCAA Division II national poll
for the second time this season. The Norse also knocked off No.
6 Findlay on Nov. 18.
NKU shot 55.2
percent from the field in the second half and was 14-for-16 from
the free-throw line after the break. In the first half, the Norse
were 2-for-7 from the line.
advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four last season, dropped
to 8-3. Andrew Smith scored 18 points to lead the Fighting Knights,
and Sheldon Edwards added 16 points.
finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for NKU, which shot 45.5
percent from the field. Vincent Humphrey had 11 points and seven
rebounds for NKU, which improved to 8-3.
was outstanding, and he came back after having an off night in our
loss against Nova Southeastern,” Bezold said. “He rebounded
the ball and was a force inside against some really strong players.”
6-foot-8 senior center, also collected four blocked shots and was
5-for-7 from the field.
time you can get a victory on the road, it’s great, but this
is a big-time win against a really good team,” said Ludgood,
who played 37 minutes on Friday.
finished with 10 points and six assists for NKU, which is 2-0 all-time
against Lynn. The Norse also defeated the Fighting Knights in the
1997 NCAA Division II national semifinals at Louisville, Ky.