Wright has thrown down more dunks (21) than any guard in NKU
history this season. Wright, a candidate for GLVC Player of
the Year honors, leads NKU in scoring (16.4 ppg), rebounding
(5.2 rpg), steals (31) and minutes played (30.7 mpg). His
play has also allowed NKU to enter Thursday night in first
place in the GLVC East Division.
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University will attempt to remain in first
place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division Thursday
night when Lewis visits Regents Hall at 7:45 p.m.
NKU is 15-6
overall, 8-5 in the GLVC. Lewis is one game behind NKU with a 7-6
GLVC mark, and the Flyers are 12-9 overall. The Norse will also
play host to Wisconsin-Parkside at 3:15 p.m. Saturday in Regents
NKU posted an
87-63 win over Rockhurst last Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., to split
its two-game western road trip. Last Thursday night, the Norse dropped
a 78-69 decision to Drury at Springfield, Mo.
OF THREE’S: Vincent Humphrey turned Rockhurst’s
Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse into his own personal 3-point shooting gallery
Saturday afternoon. Humphrey
connected on a career-high six 3-point field goals en route to 18
points as NKU defeated Rockhurst.
6-foot-4 junior forward, hit five 3-pointers during the opening
10 minutes of the game as NKU built a 31-19 lead. For the season,
Humphrey is 27-for-60 (.450) from 3-point range, which ranks eighth
in the latest GLVC statistics. He averages 7.1 points per game.
The Norse were 17-for-28 from behind the arc for 60.7 percent against
Rockhurst, 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.). Not surprisingly, NKU leads the GLVC in
both 3-point shooting percentage (.409) and 3-pointers made (9.48
JAM-OLOGY: NKU’s Steven Wright enters Thursday night
with 21 dunks this season, the most ever by a Norse guard. LaRon
Moore, a 6-6 forward, holds the NKU record for most dunks in a season
with 41, set in 1995-96.
Wright, a 6-3
senior and a candidate for GLVC Player of the Year, leads NKU in
scoring (16.4 ppg), rebounding (5.2 rpg), steals (31) and minutes
played (30.7 mpg). He ranks second on the team with 69 assists and
has made 35 shots from 3-point range.
This being the 10-year anniversary of Paul Cluxton’s 94-for-94
shooting from the free-throw line in 1996-97, NKU senior Kevin Schappell
is making 90.3 percent of his tosses from the charity stripe to
lead the GLVC. Schappell is 65-for-72 from the line and averages
LEWIS: The Flyers feature guard Brandon Dagans, who ranks
second in the GLVC in scoring at 18.3 ppg. Dagans has also made
39 3-pointers this season. Stephan Bolt is an inside force for Lewis,
averaging 15.9 ppg and 10.1 rebounds per contest. Long-range shooting
specialist Jason Genova is scoring 15.3 ppg.
LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: Earlier this season on Jan. 6,
NKU built an 18-point lead in the second half and held off a late
rally to post a 72-66 win over Lewis in Neil Carey Arena. The Norse
parlayed 66.7 percent shooting from the field in the first half
to take a 42-25 lead into the locker room, and, after extending
the advantage to 18 early in the second half, held on for the key
GLVC road victory.
Humphrey drained a career-high six 3-point field goals against
Rockhurst last Saturday. Humphrey averages 7.1 ppg and has
made 45 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.
The Norse made
just 40 percent of their shots during the final 20 minutes and missed
eight free throws in the second half. Lewis, meanwhile, used a 28-12
run to slice the deficit to 62-60 on a Stephan Bolt basket with
2:59 remaining. Bolt was also fouled on the play, but he missed
the free throw. Lewis grabbed the offensive rebound with a chance
to tie or take the lead, but a short jumper by Dustin Warfield was
off the mark and James Cripe collected the board for NKU.
drained a 3-pointer with 2:06 left to extend NKU's lead to 65-60.
Billy Finnell, who scored 10 points, converted a short jumper in
the final minute that extended NKU's advantage to 68-62. After Lewis
pulled to within three points with 8.2 seconds left, Billy Finnell
made two free throws to seal the win.
poured in 23 points to lead NKU. Bolt led Lewis with 22 points and
18 rebounds. NKU shot 54.5 percent from the field and held Lewis
to 39.3 from the floor. Teague came off the bench and scored nine
points, and Cripe added eight points.
LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: On Jan. 4, NKU scored
just three points during the opening seven minutes of the second
half and watched as Wisconsin-Parkside battled back for an 80-73
win in the DeSimone Gymnasium. The Rangers - who trailed by five
points (39-34) at halftime - opened the second half with a 24-10
run and cruised to the GLVC victory.
during the opening 20 minutes by shooting 56.5 percent from the
field. The Norse made eight shots from 3-point range - including
4-for-4 shooting from downtown by Anthony Teague - and appeared
to be in good shape at the break with the five-point lead.
During the first
seven minutes of the second half, however, NKU managed only a layup
and a free throw by Teague. Wisconsin-Parkside took full advantage
of the drought and eventually built a 58-49 lead on a 3-pointer
by Dave Keane.
Keane came off the bench and scored 18 points - all on 3-point shots.
netted 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead NKU. The senior
guard also dished out five assists in 36 minutes. Teague finished
with 19 points and five rebounds, while James Cripe added 11 points.