Wright slams over Tiffin’s Lamont Ellis
Ky. - If making a 3-point shot is indeed contagious, Northern Kentucky
University started an epidemic Tuesday night in Regents Hall.
just two points during the opening seven minutes of play against
Tiffin (Ohio), 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 en route to an 89-51 shellacking of Tiffin.
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
Tuesday night and rolled to the non-conference win over Tiffin (0-7).
had some open looks tonight and knocked them down. We made the extra
passes and that’s why we got open looks," said senior
guard Kevin Schappell, who made four 3-pointers and finished with
out a little slow, but it was a good game for us going into this
two-week break (for exams). We have a lot of confidence right now
because we had some open looks, and we knocked them down."
NKU (5-2) connected
on 54.5 percent (18-for-33) of its 3-point attempts. All of this
after scoring just a single basket during the first seven minutes.
very slowly. It was colder in here than it was outside," said
NKU head coach Dave Bezold. "The next group came out and Harrison
Morton led them, and they helped build a nice little lead and helped
us relax. We went on from there for a nice victory."
6-foot-4 junior from Lexington, Ky., scored 18 points on 6-for-7
shooting from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds, dished
out five assists and had two steals in 20 minutes of action.
gave a good effort and shared the ball like they are supposed to,
and we came out with a victory,” Morton said after NKU collected
23 assists as a team.
Cripe joins NKU’s jam session
NKU closed the
first half with a 23-2 run to take a 40-15 lead into the locker
room. Vincent Humphrey started the spurt by hitting a leaning 3-pointer
from the top of the key as the shot clock was about to expire. Morton
followed by making a pair of 3-pointers, and Steven Wright continued
the barrage by also burying a couple of treys from downtown.
hits a shot from the outside, it seems like it's contagious and
everyone follows," Bezold said. "Tiffin took away the
drive and a lot of our post-up game, so we were going to have to
make shots. We did and that's why you see us making 18 threes."
NKU built a
30-point lead (53-23) with 14:06 left in the game on a conventional
three-point play by Wright that was anything but routine. The 6-3
senior guard stole the ball and raced down the floor with Tiffin's
Lamont Ellis charging in pursuit.
to the rim as Ellis attempted to block the shot, and the Bowling
Green State transfer brought the NKU crowd to its feet by dunking
the ball over Ellis while being fouled. He converted the free throw
for a 53-23 lead, and the only drama remaining was if NKU could
tie or break the school record for 3-pointers made in a game.
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.
with 15 points, all coming on 3-point field goals. Wright scored
13 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds for
NKU, which held Tiffin without a 3-point field goal (0-for-9).
good defense. They didn’t get many open looks," Schappell
said. "They always had a hand in their face. They didn’t
get many open shots."
added nine points and three blocked shots for NKU, while teammate
Anthony Teague scored eight points. Darral Payton scored five points
for the Norse, who are 2-0 all-time against Tiffin.
NKU takes next
week off for exams. The Norse will next be in action Dec. 19 on
the road against nationally ranked Findlay in a key regional game.