Morton drives to the basket
Ky. - After taking a week off for final exams, Northern Kentucky
University resumes play next Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. with a road
game at nationally ranked Findlay.
The game can
be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
NKU is 5-2 overall
after posting an 89-51 win over Tiffin on Dec. 5 in Regents Hall.
The Norse will enter Tuesday’s game having not played in exactly
Findlay is currently
7-1 and ranked No. 9 nationally in the latest NCAA Division II poll.
The Oilers meet Michigan Tech on Saturday in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference showdown before playing host to NKU.
FACE BIG ODDS: Findlay is riding a 44-game home winning
streak - the nation’s longest in NCAA Division II men’s
basketball. The Oilers own 23 consecutive non-conference wins at
home. Findlay has not lost to a non-conference team since Dec. 28,
1997, when St. Francis (Ill.) posted a 77-69 win over the Oilers
in Croy Gymnasium.
PERFORMANCE: After scoring just two points during the opening
seven minutes of play against Tiffin, NKU turned to its outside
shooters, and the long-range bombers more than obliged.
The Norse tied
a school record by draining 18 3-point field goals. NKU also made
18 3-pointers on Dec. 16, 1991, during a 126-120 overtime win at
Oakland City (Ind.). The Norse made nine 3-pointers in each half
and rolled to the non-conference win over Tiffin.
on 54.5 percent (18-for-33) of its 3-point attempts. Kevin Schappell
drained a 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining for the Norse's 16th trey.
Mark Hawkins then hit another trey with 57 seconds left to make
it 17 3-pointers, and the junior guard from Finneytown High School
tied the NKU record with 34 ticks remaining when he found the bottom
of the net with another 3-pointer.
NO. 1: NKU junior forward Harrison Morton is No. 1 in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference in field-goal percentage at .686.
Morton also averages 10.6 points per game and is 7-for-10 from 3-point
GAME: NKU senior guard Steven Wright ranks No. 6 in the
GLVC in scoring (16.7 ppg), 13th in field-goal percentage (.565)
and 14th in free-throw percentage (.784). The graduate of Colonel
White High School in Dayton, Ohio, also leads NKU in rebounding
(5.1 rebounds per game) and is tied for second on the team in both
3-pointers made (10) and steals (9).
Hawkins hit five treys against Tiffin
FROM DOWNTOWN: NKU ranks No. 1 in the GLVC in 3-pointers
made per game 9.00. The Norse have connected on 63 treys in seven
games. Mark Hawkins leads the team with 11 field goals from 3-point
DECLARED ACADEMICALLY INELIGIBLE: NKU freshman forward
David Jefferson has been declared academically ineligible for the
second semester. Jefferson played in four games and started three
times, averaging 4.8 points and 1.5 rebounds.
FINDLAY: The Oilers feature senior forward Frank Phillips,
a graduate of Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati who averages
15.5 ppg. Phillips is also shooting 64.6 percent from the field
and has 29 assists.
Oilers - Dorian Bass (12.5 ppg), Josh Bostic (11.3 ppg) and Marcus
Parker (10.8 ppg) - also score in double figures. Findlay center
Brent Schnipke averages 9.5 ppg and has made 50 percent of his shots
from the field.
LAST TIME AGAINST FINDLAY: On Nov. 18, 2005, a huge second-half
run carried NKU to an 81-71 upset over sixth-ranked Findlay in the
John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic in Regents Hall.
The Norse used
the scoring of Vincent Humphrey and Kevin Schappell to fuel the
rally, which featured a 21-3 run that turned a 52-42 deficit into
a 63-55 advantage with 6:34 remaining. Humphrey netted 13 of his
game-high 22 points in the second half.
all 14 of his points in the second half, including a pair clutch
3-pointers during the Norse’s decisive run. He also grabbed
five rebounds and made all four free throws he attempted.
scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half to key the NKU comeback.
The Purcell Marian graduate drilled a pair of 3-point shots and
finished with five assists.