Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
will close out its home schedule this week with a pair of games,
beginning with a 7:45 p.m. Thursday contest against Indianapolis
in Regents Hall.
NKU is 13-7
overall, 8-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse trail
Saint Joseph’s by two games in the GLVC East standings. Indianapolis
is 3-18 overall, 2-11 in the GLVC.
NKU will play
its home finale at 3:15 p.m. Saturday when Saint Joseph’s
visits Regents Hall. The Pumas are ranked No. 10 nationally in the
NCAA Division II poll.
this week will be televised live on ICN-6.
LOSS: Jordan Roth scored five points in the final 1:38
of the game last Saturday as Quincy rallied for a 62-59 win over
NKU in the Pepsi Arena. Roth - whose basket in the final seconds
last season gave the Hawks a 75-74 victory over NKU - finished with
a game-high 20 points and eight assists.
from a nine-point deficit in the second half behind the scoring
of Kevin Schappell and Kevin Reinhardt. The Norse held a 59-57 lead
with 2:52 left after a basket by Billy Finnell, but those would
be NKU’s final points.
MAKE IT FOUR IN A ROW: Quincy has now defeated NKU four
consecutive times. The Hawks knocked off the Norse in their second
meeting during the 2003-04 season, and Quincy swept the two games
a year ago. NKU still leads the all-time series with Quincy, 16-5.
IN REGENTS HALL: NKU is 10-1 this season in Regents Hall.
NKU is 6-1 at home against GLVC opponents.
NO. 1 IN 3-POINTERS: NKU junior Kevin Schappell continues
to lead the GLVC in 3-point percentage at .507. Schappell is 36-for-71
from long range this season. He also ranks 18th in the GLVC in scoring
at 12.7 points per game. He has scored in double figures 12 times
WITH THE ASSIST: NKU freshman point guard Billy Finnell
ranks No. 7 in the GLVC with 4.45 assists per game. Finnell also
averages 8.5 ppg and 3.3 rebounds.
INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds are led by sophomore forward
Justin Barnard, who averages 15.1 ppg. Jesse McClung is scoring
10.9 ppg, while Luke Blank averages 10.0 ppg.
THIS SEASON AGAINST INDY: On Dec. 6, Harrison Morton came
off the bench and scored eight key points in the second half for
NKU, and Billy Finnell drained a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute
to seal the Norse’s 67-61 win at Indianapolis.
added nine points off the bench for the Norse, whose bench totaled
27 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. 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.
THIS SEASON AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: On Dec. 8, at
Rensselaer, Ind., a power outage in the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse
caused the game between NKU and Saint Joseph’s to be suspended
late in the second half.
owned a 57-40 lead with 6:30 remaining in the game when the power
went out in the gym. The Pumas entered the game ranked No. 8 nationally
with a 7-0 record, while NKU was also unbeaten (6-0) at the time.
The game will
be resumed at the point of stoppage on Feb. 22 with Saint Joseph’s
holding a 57-40 lead.
SEASON IN REGENTS HALL AGAINST THE PUMAS: On Jan. 20, 2005,
Saint Joseph’s finished with a 24-6 edge in points off turnovers
and coasted to a 75-62 win over NKU in Regents Hall.
The Norse committed
20 turnovers - 12 before halftime - and were unable to overcome
a 22-point deficit in the second half. Sullivan Sykes and Derek
Fey combined for 33 points to lead Saint Joseph’s.
with 17 points for the Pumas, while Fey added 16 points and a game-high
16 rebounds. Devin Thomas scored 13 points off the bench for Saint
Joseph’s, which avenged an early-season 90-77 loss to NKU.
The Pumas built
an 11-point halftime lead, extended that to 22 points (46-24) early
in the second half and held on to post their first win in Regents
Hall since a 101-82 victory over the Norse on Feb. 8, 2001.