keyed NKU’s win at UMR
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
begins a three-game homestand Thursday at 7:45 p.m. when Lewis visits
NKU is 10-5
overall, 5-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Lewis is also
10-5 overall, and the Flyers are 4-3 in the GLVC.
NKU is in second
place in the GLVC East standings, while Lewis is tied for third
place. Saint Joseph’s leads the GLVC East with a 6-1 record.
game will be televised live on ICN-6.
ROLL AT ROLLA: Vincent Humphrey and Aaron Smith combined
for 33 points to lead NKU to a 71-43 win over Missouri-Rolla on
19 points and grabbed four rebounds for NKU. Smith finished with
a career-high 14 points and made four 3-point shots for the Norse.
Smith made a trio of 3-pointers against the Missouri-Rolla
zone in the first half to spark NKU, which finished 12-for-24 from
3-point range as a team.
from North Lake (Texas) Community College, Smith is coming back
from a foot injury that caused him to miss 10 games earlier this
season. He averages 4.4 points per game.
IN-VINCE-IBLE AT ROLLA: Humphrey was perfect from 3-point
range (3-for-3) and the free-throw line (6-for-6) in the win Saturday.
He also added two blocked shots and was 5-for-7 from the field.
Humphrey averages 10.7 ppg this season and has made 78.6 percent
of his free throws.
“D”: The Norse held Missouri-Rolla to 26.2
percent shooting from the field on Saturday. NKU limited the Miners
to just three field goals the entire first half.
NKU ranks No.
1 in the GLVC in scoring defense at 61.5 ppg in the latest league
GENERAL: Freshman point guard Billy Finnell added 11 points
and six assists in the win at Missouri-Rolla. Finnell ranks third
in the GLVC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.64. He is also sixth
in the GLVC in assists at 4.27 apg.
1 IN THE GLVC: NKU’s Kevin Schappell continues to
lead the GLVC in free-throw shooting at 87.5 percent. Schappell
is also leading NKU in scoring at 13.3 ppg (19th in the GLVC), and
he ranks fourth in the GLVC in 3-point shooting at 50 percent (30-for-60).
STEPS UP BIG: NKU sophomore center Travis Rasso enjoyed
a solid road trip, averaging 6.5 ppg and 5.0 rebounds in the two
games. He scored seven points against Missouri-St. Louis last Thursday.
Rasso added six points and seven rebounds at Missouri-Rolla.
THE ASSIST: NKU freshman guard David McFarland dished out
a career-high six assists last Saturday. He also grabbed five rebounds
in that game.
LEWIS: The Flyers feature three players who score in double
figures, led by Pat Monaghan’s 14.6 ppg. Dustin Warfield averages
10.7 ppg off the bench for Lewis, while Stephan Bolt is scoring
10.7 ppg and leads the team in rebounding at 7.5 rpg. Brandon Dagans
is scoring 9.5 ppg off the bench and leads the team in assists at
LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: On Feb. 19, 2005, Mike Kelsey
scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half as NKU defeated Lewis,
72-66, at the Neil Carey Arena in Romeoville, Ill. Pat Cary added
18 points and eight rebounds for NKU. Cary scored 11 points in the
first half as NKU forged a 32-32 tie at the break. After Lewis took
a 44-43 lead on a jumper by Steve Turner, NKU responded with an
8-0 run to take a 51-44 advantage on a 3-pointer by Kelsey with
11:25 left in the game.
NKU led the
remainder of the game and converted 13 of its 17 free throws in
the second half to pick up the road victory. Lewis closed to within
69-66 with 13 seconds left on a tip-in basket by Branden Hunter,
but Cary made one of two free throws to give NKU a 70-66 lead with
12 seconds remaining.
stole a pass and was fouled, and he sealed the win by sinking two
free throws with three seconds left.
SEASON IN REGENTS HALL: On Dec. 9, 2004, Anthony Scala
scored 24 points in the second half as Lewis rallied for a 75-68
win over NKU in Regents Hall.
a barrage of 3-point shots and scored a game-high 32 points to rally
the Flyers. Scala finished 8-for-16 from behind the arc. After NKU
built a 40-30 lead, Scala sparked a 14-0 run early in the second
half with 11 points.
forged a 13-point advantage (65-52) on a layup by Steve Turner,
but NKU battled back with nine straight points and cut the deficit
to 65-61 with 2:45 remaining.
halted the comeback when he drained a 3-pointer from 25 feet to
give the Flyers a 68-61 advantage with 2:31 remaining. His shooting
performance enabled Lewis to snap an 11-game losing streak in Regents
Hall against NKU.
had not posted a road victory at NKU since a 97-88 win on Feb. 11,
WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: The Rangers, who play at Bellarmine
on Thursday, are 11-4 overall. Wisconsin-Parkside is 4-3 in the
leads the Rangers in scoring at 17.0 ppg. Tyrone Deacon is scoring
14.4 ppg, while Brad Ferstenou averages 10.6 ppg.