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- Brian Thornton scored 22 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the
field as Xavier defeated Northern Kentucky University, 78-44, in
an exhibition game Saturday night at the Cintas Center.
Stanley Burrell added
13 points and six assists for Xavier, which shot 57.1 percent from
the field. The taller Musketeers won the rebounding battle by a
43-30 margin and held NKU to 26.3 percent shooting from the field.
Junior forward Kevin
Reinhardt led NKU with 13 points and nine rebounds, while teammate
Aaron Smith added nine points. The Norse, however, were unable to
overcome a slow start and trailed 42-17 at halftime.
Xavier scored the game’s
first eight points and jumped out to a 23-6 lead. The Musketeers’
8-0 run to start the game was keyed by five points from Thornton,
a 6-foot-9 post player who dominated the inside Saturday night.
NKU made just 18.5 percent
of its shots in the first half, including 0-for-11 shooting from
3-point range. Thornton scored 13 points before halftime by making
all five of his attempts from the field. Burrell, a 6-3 sophomore
guard, added 12 points during the opening 20 minutes.
The Musketeers sealed
the win by shooting 61.9 percent from the field in the second half.
Freshman guard B.J. Raymond had 10 points in his Xavier debut before
a crowd of 6,759.
Humphrey (5) drives to the basket
Kevin Schappell scored
eight points for NKU, and Vincent Humphrey added six points in his
Norse debut. Freshman point guard Scott Bibbins dished out a team-leading
three assists for NKU, which finished 4-for-25 from 3-point range.
game marked the first meeting between NKU and Xavier since Jan.
6, 1979, when the Norse stunned the Musketeers, 63-61, in overtime
at Schmidt Fieldhouse. The previous season, NKU also upset Xavier,
59-58, as Mike Hofmeyer tipped in a shot at the buzzer to give the
Norse the win.
NKU will conclude
its exhibition schedule next Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a game
at Cincinnati. The Bearcats defeated Hillsdale (Mich.) earlier this
week in their exhibition opener.
NKU begins the regular
season at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 18 against Findlay in the John L. Griffin/Lions
Club Classic in Regents Hall. Findlay is ranked sixth nationally
in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll, and the Oilers advanced
to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Findlay, a member of
the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, posted a 30-4
record last season.
The Norse will meet
Saginaw Valley State at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 19 in the final game of the
John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. NKU will also play host to Grand
Valley State on Thanksgiving Eve (Nov. 23) at 6:30 p.m. in Regents