Teague came off the bench and scored a career-high 21 points
Saturday as NKU rallied to defeat North Alabama, 100-94, in
overtime. Teague also made three straight 3-pointers in the
- Anthony Teague arrived at Northern Kentucky University bearing
the reputation of a long-range shooter who can score a lot of points
in a short period of time. On Saturday, the 6-foot-5 senior did
just that during a critical stage in the second half with his team
trailing North Alabama by five points.
three consecutive 3-point shots to spark an NKU rally that forced
overtime, and the Norse took advantage by outscoring North Alabama
20-14 in the extra session en route to a 100-94 victory. Teague
finished with a career-high 21 points, and he shot 8-for-12 from
didn't just settle for shooting the jump shot. He took the ball
to the basket a couple of times, and sometimes it relaxes a shooter
after scoring another way other than hitting a 20-footer,"
NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. "He did a great job hitting
some big shots, and we needed all of them."
Teague, a transfer
from New Mexico, came off the bench and scored 10 points in the
first half as NKU took a 38-34 lead at the break. Travis Rasso added
eight of his 14 points in a reserve role during the first half for
watching Travis Rasso in practice the past couple of days, I told
our coaches that he was going to help us in this game," Bezold
said. "He had a little bit of a different bounce to him during
practice, and it carried over into the game."
With Esmir Guzonjic
scoring 26 points, and Milton Nance adding 25 points, North Alabama
rallied in the second half. A Guzonjic layup with 5:21 remaining
gave the Lions a 68-63 lead, but Rasso countered with a basket to
bring NKU within three points at 68-65.
Johnson hit two free throws to give North Alabama a 70-65 lead,
Teague began his long-range barrage. His 3-pointer with 3:43 left
cut the deficit to 70-68. Moments later, Teague struck again with
a 24-footer to bring NKU within a point at 72-71.
His last 3-pointer
gave NKU a 75-74 lead with 2:15 remaining.
say enough about Steve (Wright) and Billy (Finnell), and the way
they penetrated and found me open for the shots," Teague said.
"We had some ups and downs in this game, and this is a really
good win for us. North Alabama hit some really tough shots, but
we battled and never gave up."
held an 80-78 lead with seven seconds remaining in regulation after
Quinn Beckwith made one of two free throws. Finnell, however, went
hard to the basket on NKU's final possession and drew a foul with
0.5 seconds on the clock.
guard, who emerged as NKU's go-to player last season late in games,
made both free throws to force overtime.
In the extra
session, Vincent Humphrey scored a pair of baskets and Wright came
up with a key steal and layup as NKU improved to 7-3. Wright and
Kevin Schappell (15 points) each made four free throws in the overtime
to seal the victory.
with 18 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals. David
McFarland and James Cripe each added eight points for the Norse,
who reached the 100-point mark for the first time since a 101-86
win over Wisconsin-Parkside on Jan. 22, 2005.
people stepped up and had big games, and that's the nice thing about
having depth," Bezold said. "David McFarland did a great
job guarding Beckwith. You will not see that on a stat sheet. So
many people don't recognize what he does for us on the floor, but
he is very important."
Great Lakes Valley Conference play Jan. 4 with a road game at Wisconsin-Parkside.
The Norse then travel to Romeoville, Ill., on Jan. 6 to meet Lewis
in another GLVC contest.
home game is Jan. 9, when Kentucky Christian visits Regents Hall
for a non-conference game at 7 p.m.