- The depth of Northern Kentucky University paid off once again
during a 67-61 victory against Indianapolis on Tuesday night at
As a result,
the unbeaten Norse (6-0 overall) are in sole possession of first
place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East with a 3-0 record.
came off the bench and scored eight key points in the second half
for NKU, and reserve guard Billy Finnell drained a clutch 3-pointer
in the final minute to seal the victory. Kevin Schappell, who was
named the GLVC Player of the Week on Monday, added nine points off
the bench as NKU won in Nicoson Hall for the first time since the
The Norse bench
totaled 27 points, 12 rebounds and four steals Tuesday night. Morton,
a sophomore forward from Lexington, Ky., had three steals.
NKU head coach
Dave Bezold was not surprised by Morton’s performance.
two very good practices this week, and I told our coaches that he
had a different bounce about him,” Bezold said. “He
came up very big in the second half when we were stagnant offensively.
Harrison has been working hard in practice, and it showed on the
Kevin Reinhardt finished with 16 points and seven rebounds to lead
NKU, while Vincent Humphrey added 14 points. The Norse shot 52.2
percent from the field - including 66.7 percent in the second half
- to hold off the Greyhounds.
NKU held a 27-17 lead with just under six minutes left in the first
half when David McFarland hit a 3-pointer, but Indianapolis closed
with a 12-4 run to pull within 31-29 at the break.
The Norse led by seven
points several times in the second half, but a layup by Braxton
Mills with 1:33 remaining pulled Indianapolis within 60-57. Mills
was also fouled on the play, but he missed the free throw.
NKU called a timeout
with 42 seconds remaining and the shot clock showing 11 seconds.
With the shot clock winding down, Finnell launched a 3-pointer that
found the bottom of the net and extinguished any last-second comeback
hopes for Indianapolis.
had the momentum, and they were playing a zone against us,”
Bezold said. “Billy stepped up and took the big shot. Once
it when in, it was a big relief.”
scored eight points for the Norse, and McFarland added six points.
Finnell finished with four points, three assists and four rebounds.
The Norse will meet
unbeaten Saint Joseph’s (7-0 overall, 2-0 GLVC) at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday at Rensselaer, Ind. Saint Joseph’s is ranked No.
8 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, and the Pumas were the
preseason favorite to win the GLVC East.
NKU and Saint Joseph’s
split two games last season, with each team winning on the road.