averages 4.29 assists
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
will play host to Bellarmine at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in the 2006 Homecoming.
NKU is 12-5
overall entering Saturday night and has won three consecutive games.
The Norse are in second place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference
East with a 7-2 record.
Saturday’s game ranked fourth in the latest NCAA Division
II Great Lakes Region poll.
is 9-9 overall, 6-4 in the GLVC. The Knights defeated Indianapolis,
58-57, on Tuesday night.
game will be televised live on ICN-6.
DUO: Senior center Gavin Ludgood scored 10 of his team-leading
14 points in the first half as NKU posted a 71-66 win over Wisconsin-Parkside
last Saturday. He also added eight rebounds and four blocked shots
- including two key rejections in the final minute of play - as
the Norse held off the Rangers in Regents Hall.
a freshman guard, added a career-high 13 points - 10 in the second
half - and five rebounds. McFarland also was 5-for-5 from the field,
including 3-for-3 from 3-point range.
TARGET: NKU’s Kevin Schappell continues to lead the
GLVC in 3-point shooting at 49.2 percent. The junior swingman is
30-for-61 from long range and averages a team-leading 12.8 points
GENERAL: NKU freshman point guard Billy Finnell is seventh
in the GLVC with 4.29 assists per game. He also leads NKU with 20
steals and averages 7.9 ppg.
OFFENSE: NKU sophomore forward Harrison Morton averaged
8.0 ppg off the bench in the Norse’s two victories last week.
Morton poured in nine points to key NKU’s win over Wisconsin-Parkside
WITH DEFENSE: NKU ranks second in the GLVC in scoring defense,
allowing an average of 61.3 ppg. The Norse are fifth in field-goal
percentage defense at 43.0 percent.
BELLARMINE: The Knights are led by junior forward Matt
Otte, who averages 14.7 ppg. Senior guard Matt Miller is scoring
LAST TIME AGAINST BELLARMINE: On Jan. 13, 2005, Mike Kelsey
poured in a game-high 21 points as NKU held off Bellarmine, 85-79,
in Regents Hall.
Pat Cary finished
with 17 points for NKU, which held off a late Bellarmine rally and
avenged an early-season 64-60 setback to the Knights.
NKU built an
80-65 lead with 5:23 remaining, but Bellarmine followed with a 14-1
spurt to make it a game. After Marcus Flynn hit a short jumper to
bring Bellarmine within 81-79 with 25 seconds left in the game,
Kevin Reinhardt took a pass from Derek Smith and converted a layup
to extend NKU’s lead to 83-79.
the victory for NKU by making a pair of free throws.
NKU shot 63.3
percent from the field in the first half and finished at a 49.2
percent clip. Harrison Morton had nine points and six rebounds for
the Norse, who have beaten Bellarmine 20 times in the past 21 meetings.
season in Louisville, Ky., Bellarmine snapped a 19-game losing streak
in the series against NKU with a 64-60 victory over the Norse. In
a game that featured 20 lead changes and 11 ties, Marcus Flynn made
two free throws to give Bellarmine a 61-60 advantage with 24 seconds
After an NKU
timeout, Steve Purdon attempted a 3-pointer that hit the back of
the rim and was chased down by Matt Miller. NKU’s Pat Cary
was called for an intentional foul with 8.1 seconds remaining, and
Miller made one of two free throws to extend Bellarmine’s
lead to 62-60.
Matt Pait then
sealed the win for Bellarmine by converting two free throws, and
the Knights defeated NKU for the first time since Feb. 3, 1994.
IN REGENTS HALL: Bellarmine’s last victory in Regents
Hall came on Feb. 3, 1994, when the Knights pulled out a last-second
73-72 win over the Norse.
loss, NKU owns 11 consecutive wins over Bellarmine in Regents Hall.