Humphrey drives against USI
Ky. - They crash the boards more effectively than any team in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference, and their .553 shooting percentage
from the field ranks No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division II national
And, as Northern
Kentucky University found out Saturday afternoon, the Screaming
Eagles of Southern Indiana can play some mean defense when necessary.
In fact, during Southern Indiana’s 75-56 win over NKU in Regents
Hall, the Screaming Eagles displayed both the shooting skills and
defensive intensity of a national championship contender.
No one had
to convince NKU head coach Dave Bezold that Southern Indiana - ranked
No. 5 nationally in the latest NCAA Division II poll - is one of
the best teams in the country.
is a reason Southern Indiana is ranked fifth in the nation,”
Bezold said. “We started out the game down 9-0, and then we
gave up a 10-0 run at the beginning of the second half. I’m
not sure what the magic wand is to correct that.
Indiana is an outstanding basketball team, and they were very consistent
on both offense and defense in this game.”
Chris Thompson scored
15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Southern Indiana improved to
16-1 overall, 5-1 in the GLVC. David Bryant added
12 points for the Screaming Eagles, who knocked off NKU (9-4 overall,
4-1 GLVC) three times last season.
is a heck of a player,” Bezold said. “Their big-time
player made the plays, and we didn’t have enough of our guys
Southern Indiana scored
the first nine points of the game and held a 37-26 halftime lead.
The Screaming Eagles opened the second half with a 10-0 run that
was highlighted by consecutive 3-pointers made by Geoff Van Winkle.
powers to the basket
His second trey gave
Southern Indiana a 47-26 advantage, and the Screaming Eagles would
later extend that lead to as many as 26 points (75-49).
“The two key points
in the game were the first half, when they started out to a 9-0
lead, and the second half, when they started with a 10-0 run,”
said NKU sophomore forward Vincent Humphrey, who scored a team-leading
12 points. “That’s 19 points right there we just gave
away. That’s pretty much the game.
“We just struggled
from the field at times, and there were some mishaps on the defensive
end. I know that we are a lot better than that, so we’ve just
got to clean some things up.”
Southern Indiana shot
53.3 percent from the field and forced 18 NKU turnovers. The Screaming
Eagles held NKU to 40 percent shooting from the field and extended
their current winning streak to nine games.
Gavin Ludgood and Billy
Finnell each added eight points for NKU. Humphrey was the only Norse
player to score in double figures.
“We were fortunate
that Humphrey was capable of finishing off some plays, or we wouldn’t
have had anybody in double figures,” Bezold said.
NKU did regain the services
of injured starters Aaron Smith and Kevin Reinhardt, both of whom
saw action Saturday. Smith, 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.
Reinhardt, who had not
played since the Dec. 10 game at Brigham Young, netted five points
in 11 minutes against Southern Indiana.
NKU hits the
road this week for an 8:30 p.m. game Thursday night at Missouri-St.
Louis. The Norse will conclude the two-game road trip at 4 p.m.
Saturday at Missouri-Rolla.