Wright leads NKU in scoring (16.4 ppg)
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University will play host to UC-Clermont
in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Saturday in Regents Hall.
The game can
be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
NKU is 5-3 after dropping a 59-53 decision at No. 9 Findlay on Tuesday.
PLAY AT FINDLAY: Findlay rallied from a 13-point deficit
Tuesday and converted 18 of 25 free throws in the second half to
down NKU. The Oilers improved to 9-1 overall and extended their
home winning streak to 45 games.
NKU shot 66.7
percent from the field in the first half and took a 35-24 lead into
the locker room. The Norse still owned a 10-point lead with less
than 11 minutes remaining in the game, but NKU went more than 10
minutes without scoring a field goal and Findlay took full advantage
of the offensive drought.
The Oilers made
12 free throws in the final 4:31 to pull out the win. Findlay's
last field goal, in fact, came on a Marcus Parker layup with 5:31
scored 14 points to lead Findlay, which has not lost at home to
a non-conference team since Dec. 28, 1997. Kevin Schappell led NKU
with 16 points, and Steven Wright added 14 points before fouling
out in the final minute.
UC-CLERMONT: The Cougars, members of the United States
Collegiate Athletic Association, a small-college affiliation comparable
to NAIA, are 9-7 overall. UC-Clermont shot 59.6 percent from the
field Thursday night to defeat Thomas More, 88-66. John Stone pumped
in 30 points to lead the Cougars, who kept the Saints winless (0-10)
on the season.
added 27 points in that win for UC-Clermont, which was the USCAA
national runner-up last season.
LAST TIME NKU MET UC-CLERMONT: On Jan. 11, 2005, Mike Kelsey
scored 25 points, dished out four assists and finished with three
steals as NKU defeated UC-Clermont, 99-72, in Regents Hall.
Kelsey, a senior
guard and a graduate of Elder High School, connected on five 3-point
field goals as NKU improved to 7-7. The Norse shot 52.3 percent
from the field and used 13-for-28 shooting from 3-point range to
pick up the non-conference victory.
and Kevin Reinhardt each added 14 points for NKU, which collected
29 assists as a team. Jordan Stowers led the Norse with nine assists
as NKU defeated UC-Clermont in the first-ever meeting between the
finished with 11 points and five rebounds for the Norse, who used
a 36-12 advantage in bench scoring. Derek Smith added nine points
and four rebounds, while teammate Harrison Morton had eight points
and five assists.
NKU built a
47-33 halftime lead by shooting 58.6 percent from the field. Kelsey
and Purdon combined for 21 first-half points, and the Norse rolled
to the easy win in the second half.
pulled down a team-leading seven rebounds for NKU, which won the
battle of the boards by a 38-34 margin. Pat Cary added eight points,
four rebounds and two blocked shots.