Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
will play host to Grand Valley State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Regents
Eve game will feature a pair of unbeaten teams meeting in a key
regional matchup. NKU and Grand Valley State each sport 2-0 records,
and both teams are in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region.
OFF TO IMPRESSIVE START: NKU opened the season in the John
L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic over the weekend and knocked off sixth-ranked
Findlay, 81-71, on Friday. The Norse met Saginaw Valley State the
next night and posted a 74-66 win.
win against Findlay marked the second straight year the Norse upset
the sixth-ranked team in the national poll on opening night. A year
ago, NKU defeated then-No. 6 Michigan Tech, 55-53.
TO THE RESCUE: Billy Finnell did not start either game
during the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic, but the freshman
point guard turned out to be one of the most important players in
the two-day event.
In fact, Finnell
was named most outstanding player Saturday night after leading the
Norse past Saginaw Valley State. The Purcell Marian graduate came
off the bench and dished out a career-best eight assists, scored
nine points and added three steals.
That came one
day after Finnell scored 13 points and had five assists in the upset
EARNS HONOR: NKU junior Kevin Schappell was named the recipient
of the John L. Griffin Hustle Award on Saturday. Schappell averaged
12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds during the two-day event. He scored
14 second-half points to spark NKU’s victory over Findlay
in the opener last Friday.
Wednesday’s game shooting 77.8 percent from the field.
STRENGTH: The NKU bench poured in 40 points and added nine
assists in the victory against Saginaw Valley State. Sophomore guard
Mark Hawkins tied a career high with nine points on Saturday off
the bench for NKU.
RIGHT ON: NKU junior forward Kevin Reinhardt scored 21
points in the win over Saginaw Valley State. Reinhardt leads the
Norse in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and averaged 13.5 ppg.
GRAND VALLEY STATE: The Lakers are 2-0 after posting a
90-38 win over Grace Bible College on Tuesday. Grand Valley State
placed four players in double figures and held Grace Bible to 27.5
percent shooting from the field to roll to the easy win.
leads Grand Valley State in scoring at 19.0 ppg. Callistus Eziukwu,
a 6-foot-10 center, averages a double-double (13.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg)
for the Lakers.
LAST TIME AGAINST GRAND VALLEY STATE: On March 8, 2001,
in the first round of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional
at Owensboro, Ky., NKU survived a barrage of 3-pointers by Grand
Valley State - an assault that resulted in 25 points in the final
two minutes - to post a wild 106-102 victory against the Lakers.
Grand Valley made 17 3-point shots, including six in the final two
scored 32 points to lead NKU, and Adam Norwell added 28 points and
11 rebounds. NKU built a 91-77 lead with 2:05 remaining, but Grand
Valley State used a 25-13 run to get within 104-102 on John Flynn’s
3-pointer with one second left. NKU’s Adam Norwell sealed
the win with a dunk at the buzzer.