Cripe has provided NKU with a shot-blocking presence in the
lane this season. The 7-footer enters the GLVC Tournament
with 33 blocks.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
faces Rockhurst at noon (CST) Thursday in the opening round of the
Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
The GLVC Tournament
will be held in Roberts Stadium at Evansville, Ind. NKU is the No.
1 seed from the GLVC East Division, while Rockhurst qualified as
a wild-card entrant as the No. 4 seed from the GLVC West.
NKU owns a 20-7
overall record after posting a 68-60 road victory over Indianapolis
last Saturday night. Rockhurst enters the GLVC Tournament with a
17-10 overall mark.
winner will advance to Saturday’s noon (CST) semifinals against
the Drury/Wisconsin-Parkside survivor. The GLVC championship game
is scheduled for 1 p.m. (CST) Sunday.
The winner of
the GLVC Tournament receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division
II Tournament. The 64-team NCAA Division II Tournament field will
be announced March 4.
All NKU games
this week can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: NKU is 9-8 all-time in the GLVC Tournament.
A year ago, NKU dropped a 78-74 decision to Southern Illinois at
Edwardsville in the first round.
Two years ago,
NKU defeated Indianapolis (52-51) and SIUE (73-62) to advance to
the GLVC Tournament championship game. The Norse then lost to Southern
Indiana (79-49) in the finale. In 2004, Southern Indiana held off
NKU, 83-74, in the first round of the event. The previous season,
the Norse defeated Wisconsin-Parkside, Southern Indiana and Lewis
en route to their first-ever GLVC Tournament championship.
In 2002, seventh-seeded
Wisconsin-Parkside rallied to stun second-seeded NKU, 93-87, in
the first round of the GLVC Tournament. The previous year, NKU defeated
Missouri-St. Louis, 82-72, in the first round. The Norse dropped
an 84-67 decision to Kentucky Wesleyan in the semifinals.
In 2000, NKU
defeated IPFW in the first round, 96-65. The Norse lost to Southern
Indiana, 100-89, in the GLVC semifinals. In 1999, the Norse defeated
Indianapolis, 60-48, in the first round of the GLVC Tournament.
NKU then lost to Kentucky Wesleyan, 111-70, in the GLVC semifinals.
In 1998, NKU
knocked off Indianapolis, 85-76, in the first round of the GLVC
Tournament in Regents Hall. The Norse lost to Southern Indiana,
79-78, in the GLVC semifinals at Owensboro, Ky.
Wright goes to the hoop against Kentucky Wesleyan for a basket.
Wright leads NKU in scoring at 16.9 ppg.
TIME: Senior guard Steven Wright enters the GLVC Tournament
as NKU’s leader in scoring (16.9 points per game), rebounding
(5.5 rpg), steals (45) and minutes played (32.2 mpg). Wright has
led NKU in scoring 11 times this season with a single-game high
of 29 against SIUE on Dec. 2.
has 32 dunks this season and is closing in on the NKU single-season
record of 41, set by LaRon Moore in 1996. His 32 dunks are the most
ever thrown down by an NKU guard.
REACHES 2O VICTORIES: NKU head coach Dave Bezold notched
his first 20-win season last Saturday with the victory at Indianapolis.
It marked the first time since the 2002-03 season the Norse reached
the 20-win mark. Bezold, in his third year as the NKU head coach,
is now 51-32 with the Norse.
ON THE LINE: NKU senior guard Kevin Schappell is shooting
88.8 percent from the free-throw line. The Loveland High School
product averages 11.3 ppg and is 46-for-102 from 3-point range.
IN THE MIDDLE: NKU senior center James Cripe blocked four
shots Saturday night and leads the team with 33 rejections. The
7-footer also averages 8.3 ppg and is shooting 53.8 percent from
the field. Cripe is also a Loveland High School graduate.
SOLID AGAIN: NKU junior forward Vincent Humphrey scored
12 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Indianapolis. Humphrey
averages 8.0 ppg and is shooting 52.1 percent from the field. The
6-foot-4 forward is also 40-for-88 from 3-point range.
LAST TIME AGAINST ROCKHURST: Earlier this season on Feb.
3 at Kansas City, Mo., Vincent Humphrey turned the Mason-Halpin
Fieldhouse into his own personal 3-point shooting gallery. Humphrey
connected on a career-high six 3-point field goals en route to 18
points to lead NKU to an 87-63 win over Rockhurst.
five 3-pointers during the opening 10 minutes of the game as NKU
built a 31-19 lead. Kevin Schappell later added a 3-pointer to give
the Norse a 36-21 advantage, and NKU coasted to the win in its first-ever
appearance in the Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse.
The Norse were
17-for-28 from behind the arc for 60.7 percent, including 10-for-16
shooting in the first half. Earlier this season, NKU tied a school
record by draining 18 3-point field goals en route to an 89-51 win
over Tiffin. NKU also made 18 3-pointers on Dec. 16, 1991, during
a 126-120 overtime victory at Oakland City (Ind.).
finished with 17 points and four rebounds for NKU. Anthony Teague
drained four shots from 3-point range and finished with 14 points,
while James Cripe added 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Schappell scored 11 points for the Norse, who shot 68.9 percent
from the field for the game.
OF THE HAWKS: Rockhurst enters the GLVC Tournament fresh
off a 75-63 upset over Southern Indiana. The Hawks feature four
players who score in double figures and showcase the GLVC’s
top shot-blocker in center John Torson, who has 71 rejections this
season. Torson had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hawks
past Southern Indiana on Feb. 22.