Humphrey averages 10.5 ppg
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
will play a road game at Missouri-St. Louis at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
NKU is 9-4
overall, 4-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse are
tied for first place with Saint Joseph’s in the GLVC East
Louis is 8-4 overall, 2-3 in the GLVC. The Rivermen are fifth in
the GLVC West standings.
NKU will also
meet Missouri-Rolla at 4 p.m. Saturday at Rolla, Mo. Missouri-Rolla
is 2-11 overall, 0-5 in the GLVC.
Both games this week
will be broadcast live on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu
and on WIOK (107.5 FM).
SPURTS HURT NKU: Southern Indiana used a pair of big runs
at the start of each half Saturday to post a 75-56 win over NKU
in Regents Hall.
Eagles scored the first nine points of the game, and they later
began the second half with a 10-0 run.
IN ACTION: NKU regained the services of injured starters
Aaron Smith and Kevin Reinhardt last Saturday.
Smith, a junior
guard who had not played since suffering a fractured foot Nov. 19
against Saginaw Valley State, drained a 3-pointer in five minutes
of action Saturday.
who had not played since the Dec. 10 game at Brigham Young, netted
five points in 11 minutes against Southern Indiana. The junior forward
is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game.
POINTS: Vincent Humphrey was the only NKU player to score
in double figures against Southern Indiana last Saturday. The sophomore
forward finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
Thursday averaging 10.5 ppg. He is also shooting 43.8 percent from
3-point range and 79.2 percent from the free-throw line.
TO FINNELL: Freshman point guard Billy Finnell leads NKU
with 55 assists. He also averages 7.8 ppg and ranks No. 2 on the
team with 17 steals.
FROM DOWNTOWN: NKU’s Kevin Schappell is tied with
Daniel Cox of Indianapolis for first place in the GLVC in 3-point
shooting at 51.9 percent. Schappell, who averages 13.6 ppg, is 27-for-52
from long range this season. He is No. 2 in the GLVC in free-throw
shooting at .894.
is scoring 10.1 ppg
INCREDIBLE HAWK: Mark Hawkins scored a career-high 15 points
and made four 3-pointers as NKU rallied past Kentucky Wesleyan,
71-63, last Thursday night in Regents Hall. The sophomore guard
from Finneytown High School drained a trio of 3-pointers in the
first half en route to scoring 12 points to keep the Norse in the
averages 4.7 ppg, finished 4-for-6 from long range against the Panthers.
He also grabbed six rebounds. He is 14-for-39 from 3-point range
INSIDE FORCE: NKU senior center Gavin Ludgood averages
10.1 ppg and has connected on 55.7 percent of his shots from the
field. Ludgood leads NKU in rebounding at 6.5 rpg.
MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: The Rivermen are led by senior forward
Jonathan Griffin, who averages 17.5 ppg and 7.0 rebounds. He also
has a team-leading 47 assists and 28 steals. Troy Slaten averages
14.5 ppg and leads the team in 3-pointers made with 32.
LAST TIME AGAINST MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS: On Feb. 26, 2005,
NKU seniors Pat Cary, Steve Purdon and Mike Kelsey combined to score
59 points in their final appearance at home as the Norse held off
a second-half comeback by Missouri-St. Louis for a 91-79 victory
in Regents Hall.
NKU went on
a 26-8 run over the last 6:17 of the first half, which ended on
a 3-pointer by Purdon with 42 seconds remaining. NKU shot 63.3 percent
from the field and 60 percent from the 3-point line to go into the
break with a 20-point lead (57-37).
NKU built a
24-point lead in the second half and held off a late rally by the
Rivermen to sweep the season series. Earlier in the season in St.
Louis, the Norse posted a 63-55 win over Missouri-St. Louis in the
Mark Twain Building.
MISSOURI-ROLLA: The Miners, in their first season of competition
in the GLVC, are 2-11 overall. Missouri-Rolla is 0-5 in the GLVC
and has lost eight straight games heading into a Thursday night
contest with Bellarmine.