Teague converts a jumper during the first half. Teague scored
16 points in NKU’s 70-66 victory on Saturday.
Ky. - For the men's basketball program at Wisconsin-Parkside, time
is running out on ever getting a victory inside Regents Hall. Since
the Bank of Kentucky Center will be opening in 2008, the Rangers
will get just one more crack at Northern Kentucky University in
the old, tiny venue the Norse have called home since 1972.
are now 0-for-12 all-time in Regents Hall after watching NKU rally
from a 13-point deficit for a 70-66 win on Saturday. The Norse held
the visitors to 39.1 percent shooting from the field during the
second half to pull out the victory.
scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead
NKU, which improved to 17-6 overall, 10-5 in the Great Lakes Valley
Conference. The 6-foot-3 senior guard also grabbed seven rebounds
and collected five steals as the Norse remained in sole possession
of first place in the GLVC East Division.
NKU head coach
Dave Bezold, who watched Wisconsin-Parkside rally against his team
last month for a win, thought the Norse became the aggressors in
the second half.
felt the first half, when we were back on our heels, that we weren’t
the aggressor. In the second half, our guys had a lot of pride and
they came out fresh and played much harder," he said. "We
were fortunate enough that Parkside threw a few balls into the stands.
It gave us some extra possessions in the second half to win this
in fact, committed 10 of its 16 turnovers in the second half. The
Rangers scored just five points during the final 6:02 of the game,
allowing NKU to overcome a 61-56 deficit.
five straight points, including a clutch 3-pointer from way outside,
to even the score at 61-all. The Rangers battled back and took their
final lead at 65-63 on a Brad Ferstenou jumper with 3:08 left, but
the Rangers scored just one point the remainder of the game.
tied the game at 65-all with 1:20 remaining. Tyrone Deacon missed
a 3-pointer with less than a minute left, and Billy Finnell grabbed
the rebound. NKU worked the ball around, and Anthony Teague found
Finnell alone on the left wing.
The sophomore point guard launched a 3-pointer that found the bottom
of the net for a 68-65 Norse advantage with 23 seconds left in the
a huge shot by Billy. I know Parkside did not want Steve to have
the ball with the game on the line, so Anthony made a good pass,
and Billy drained it," Bezold said.
to have sealed the win after Ferstenou missed a potential tying
3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left and James Cripe rebounded the ball.
David McFarland was whistled for a foul on the rebound attempt,
however, sending Kyle Clark to the line for a pair of free throws.
Clark made the
first attempt to make it 68-66, but he intentionally missed the
second try. Teague hauled in the rebound and was fouled with 3.8
The NKU senior
missed the front end of the bonus and Clark rebounded, but Teague
stole the ball and was again fouled. This time, he made both attempts
to ice the 70-66 win.
Cripe slams home two of his 14 points against UW-Parkside.
Cripe was 6-for-9 from the field Saturday.
was a good game," Teague said. "Coach stresses defense
and not offense. When he came in at the half, he didn’t say
'let’s make some shots.' He said 'let’s play some great
defense.' That’s what we tried to do in the second half. We
also hit some big shots, and that's a really good team we were able
NKU close in the first half by netting 11 of his 16 points. James
Cripe added 14 points, including the Norse's first three field goals
of the second half to spark the comeback.
to their credit, kept battling back and that’s something about
this group; they’ve got great senior leadership," Bezold
said. "They won’t let you quit. They just keep fighting
until the very end. I was very proud of them. At the end of the
first half, when we were down 13, we made a nice run and ended up
cutting it down to nine.
go into your locker room and you’re down nine on your home
floor, it gives you the opportunity to think you can come back and
win. It was manageable, instead of a double-digit deficit."
Just two days
after establishing a school record for fewest turnovers in a game
with four, NKU turned the ball over just eight times Saturday. Finnell
said he has an idea about that statistic.
makes us run in practice for every turnover that we have, and I
guess that’s kind of stuck in our brains that we don’t
need to turn the ball over," said the Purcell Marian High School
graduate. "It’s been working out well for us the last
Juan Lopez led
Wisconsin-Parkside (16-10, 7-8 GLVC) with 17 points and nine rebounds.
LaVontay Fenderson added 14 points for the Rangers.
The Norse conclude
their home schedule next week with games against Bellarmine (Tuesday
at 7:45 p.m.) and Kentucky Wesleyan (Thursday at 7:45 p.m.). Prior
to the start of the contest against Kentucky Wesleyan, NKU will
recognize its four senior players - Wright, Teague, Cripe and Kevin
Schappell – manager Nathan Rutledge and their families.
The Norse will
close out the regular season with road games against Saint Joseph's
(Feb. 22) and Indianapolis (Feb. 24). NKU begins the GLVC Tournament
on March 1 at Evansville, Ind. Times and first-round pairings for
the GLVC Tournament will be announced in the evening on Feb. 24.