- Northern Kentucky University’s Kevin Schappell broke a promise
to his coach Thursday night, but he made up for it by grabbing a
big offensive rebound - off his own missed free throw - in the closing
seconds against Wisconsin-Parkside.
15 points as NKU posted a 68-65 win over Wisconsin-Parkside. Schappell
- who had just missed two free throws three seconds earlier - made
a free throw with 3.6 ticks remaining to give NKU a 68-65 lead.
He then missed
the second attempt but rushed in to grab the offensive rebound,
preventing Wisconsin-Parkside from getting a last-second try at
a 3-point shot.
me he would not miss the next one,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold
said, joking about Schappell’s missed second attempt, “but
maybe it was a good idea because we ran the clock out.”
gave NKU the lead for good with 57 seconds remaining when he converted
two free throws for a 65-64 Norse advantage. Wisconsin-Parkside
had two chances to take the lead, but a missed shot and a turnover
gave NKU the ball with less than 20 seconds remaining.
made two free throws with 16 seconds left to extend NKU’s
lead to 67-64. After Schappell missed a pair of free throws with
6.3 seconds left, Brad Ferstenou was fouled with four seconds remaining.
He made just one of two free throws, and the Rangers fouled Schappell
with 3.6 seconds left on the clock.
added 11 points for NKU, which improved to 16-10 overall, 11-7 in
the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Kevin Reinhardt and Billy Finnell
each scored 10 points for the Norse, who
close out the regular season Saturday with a road game against Lewis.
are meaningful games for both the conference tournament, and to
get back to the NCAAs,” Bezold said. “Our guys have
put us in position to be an NCAA team, but we still have to win
some big games to get there.”
NKU is currently
ranked eighth in the NCAA II Great Lakes Region poll. The Norse
have already clinched a berth in the GLVC Tournament, which begins
March 3 at Evansville, Ind.