Harrison Morton scores inside
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
will hit the road for a pair of games this week, beginning with
an 8:30 p.m. contest on Thursday against Southern Illinois at Edwardsville.
NKU will conclude
the road trip with a 4:15 p.m. game at Quincy on Saturday. NKU is
13-5 overall, and the Norse are tied with Saint Joseph’s for
first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division with
an 8-2 record.
overall, 9-2 GLVC) is ranked No. 18 nationally in the NCAA Division
II poll and owns an 11-game winning streak going into Thursday night.
STREAK AT FOUR: NKU enters Thursday with a four-game winning
streak after posting a 75-63 victory against Bellarmine on Saturday.
The Norse’s longest winning streak this season is six (a 6-0
TIME: Sophomore guard Mark Hawkins drained a trio of key
3-pointers to shift the momentum during the first half of NKU’s
win over Bellarmine. The Norse trailed 12-2 early, but Hawkins ignited
the comeback with three 3-pointers.
with 12 points Saturday. He averages 4.9 points per game and is
No. 2 on the team in 3-pointers made with 22.
SHOOTER: Kevin Schappell scored a game-high 23 points Saturday
for NKU. The junior swingman scored 15 points in the first half
on 6-for-7 shooting from the field. He also hit a trio of 3-pointers
in the first half as the Norse rallied from a 10-point deficit.
NKU in scoring (13.3 ppg) and 3-pointers made (33). He ranks No.
1 in the GLVC in 3-point percentage (.508).
DOES IT ALL: NKU freshman point guard Billy Finnell scored
15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists against
Bellarmine. Finnell averages 8.3 ppg and he ranks seventh in the
GLVC in assists per game (4.28 apg). He also ranks fifth in assist-to-turnover
ratio at 1.54.
IN REGENTS HALL: NKU is 10-1 this season in Regents Hall.
The Norse are 3-4 on the road. NKU is 6-1 at home against GLVC opponents.
SOPHOMORE: NKU sophomore forward Harrison Morton continued
his outstanding play Saturday with nine points and seven rebounds
WITH THE ASSIST: NKU freshman guard David McFarland dished
out five assists and had no turnovers in the victory against Bellarmine.
FROM DOWNTOWN: NKU used 11-for-23 shooting from 3-point
range to defeat Bellarmine. Aaron Smith hit two key 3-pointers in
the second half, and Scott Bibbins also drained a trey after intermission.
SIUE: The Cougars are led by junior guard Ty Johnson, who
averages 13.3 ppg and is 37-for-89 from 3-point range. Sophomore
guard J.B. Jones is scoring 11.1 ppg, while junior forward Mike
Hardiek averages 10.6 ppg. SIUE ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in both
scoring defense (59.8 ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (.410).
LAST TIME AGAINST SIUE: On March 5, 2005, Mike Kelsey poured
in 35 points as NKU upset second-seeded SIUE, 73-62, in the semifinals
of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
seven 3-pointers and was 10-for-15 from the field as sixth-seeded
NKU advanced to the GLVC championship game for the second time in
three seasons. Kelsey scored 25 points in the second half as the
Norse built a 19-point lead and avenged two regular-season losses
35-point performance tied the tournament record, which was set two
days earlier by Sullivan Sykes of Saint Joseph’s.
three consecutive 3-pointers midway through the second half to give
NKU a 60-41 lead with 6:58 remaining in the game. SIUE pulled within
62-53 with 3:17 left, but NKU made 11 free throws in the last three
minutes to seal the victory and become the lowest seed to ever advance
to the GLVC championship game.
LAST TIME AT SIUE: On Jan. 27, 2005, Anthony Jones made
three free throws in the final eight seconds of the game as SIUE
held off NKU, 69-66, at the Vadalabene Center.
finished with 11 points off the bench, converted two free throws
with eight seconds left to give SIUE a 68-63 lead. Steve Purdon,
however, responded by draining a long 3-point shot to bring NKU
within 68-66 with 2.6 seconds remaining.
Jones was fouled
on the ensuing inbound play with 1.6 seconds left, and he made the
second of two free throws to extend SIUE’s lead to 69-66.
and J.B. Jones each scored 16 points to lead SIUE. Mike Kelsey led
NKU with 15 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST QUINCY: On Feb. 24, 2005, Phil Gettinger
and Jordan Roth combined for 35 points and 18 rebounds as Quincy
posted a 70-64 win over NKU in Regents Hall.
NKU had trouble
stopping the 6-foot-9 Gettinger, who scored 17 of his game-high
24 points in the second half. Quincy held an 18-point lead with
7:41 remaining in the first half, but NKU went on a 12-2 spurt to
go into the break only down 32-24. Derek Smith sparked the run by
scoring six straight points.
After the break,
the Hawks ran out to a 15 point lead with 10:47 left in the game.
The Norse responded again with a 14-2 run. During the run, Kelsey
hit two 3-pointers, and Kevin Reinhardt capped the run with two
The Norse pulled
to within three with 7:16 remaining on the second layup by Reinhardt,
but the Hawks answered each run. Smith led the Norse with 21 points
and a career-high 17 rebounds.