Wright scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds as NKU posted
a 68-60 win at Indianapolis on Saturday.
- Dave Bezold could give you at least 20 reasons - like in a 20-win
season - he was happy after watching his Northern Kentucky University
Norse hold off Indianapolis, 68-60, Saturday night in Nicoson Hall.
great feeling to reach 20 wins, and our guys did a great job tonight
to get us a big lead early," said Bezold, in his third year
as NKU's head coach. "It's a big win for us going into the
(Great Lakes Valley Conference) Tournament."
and Steven Wright combined for 29 points to lead the Norse. Schappell
scored 15 points and Wright added 14 as NKU improved
to 20-7 overall, 13-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. It marked
first time since the 2002-03 season that the Norse reached the 20-win
That team featured
All-American Brenden Stowers and All-GLVC standout Quentin Smith,
not to mention standouts like Mike Kelsey, Chris Seabrooks, Bobby
St-Preux and Jesse Rupe. They also captured the GLVC Tournament
championship that season.
his current team can pull off the same result next week at Evansville,
NKU jumped all
over Indianapolis (13-13, 9-10 GLVC) early in the contest and held
a 25-9 lead after Vincent Humphrey drained a 3-pointer with 4:35
left before halftime. The Norse settled for a 28-18 advantage at
the break after holding Indianapolis to 26.7 percent shooting from
we were up by a few more points at halftime, but we missed a rebound
and made a turnover, and Indianapolis took advantage of it,"
13 of his points in the second half as NKU held off a late rally
for the victory. Wright pulled down a team-leading nine rebounds
for the Norse, while Billy Finnell dished out seven assists. Finnell
and James Cripe each scored eight points, with Cripe adding eight
rebounds and four blocked shots.
12 points and eight rebounds for NKU, which will face Rockhurst
at noon (Central time) Thursday in the opening round of the GLVC
Tournament at Evansville, Ind. The Norse won the GLVC East Division
and are the No. 1 seed from the East, while Rockhurst (17-10) qualified
as the No. 4 seed from the West Division.
winner meets the Drury/Wisconsin-Parkside survivor in the GLVC Tournament
semifinals at noon Saturday.