Billy Finnell attempts a jumper against Missouri-Rolla last
week in Regents Hall. Finnell averages 6.0 points per game
and leads NKU with 52 assists this season.
Ky. - The most difficult road trip of the season looms for Northern
Kentucky University this week, beginning with an 8:30 p.m. Thursday
game at Kentucky Wesleyan in Owensboro, Ky.
NKU, which enters
Thursday riding a four-game winning streak, concludes the trip Saturday
with a game against No. 10 Southern Indiana at 4:15 p.m. Both games
can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
to 11-4 last Saturday by knocking off Missouri-St. Louis, 68-53,
in Regents Hall. The Norse are 4-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference
and in a four-way tie for first place in the GLVC East.
"D" IN THE SECOND HALF: NKU’s defense held
Missouri-St. Louis to two points during the first seven minutes
of the second half and allowed the Norse to build a 17-point lead.
NKU held Missouri-St. Louis leading scorer Brett Ledbetter to six
points - all in the first half.
GLVC: NKU’s Steven Wright ranks ninth in scoring
at 16.0 points per game, and he is sixth in steals with an average
of 1.67. The Norse’s Kevin Schappell is second in free-throw
percentage (.878) and fourth in 3-point shooting (.510). NKU’s
Mark Hawkins is No. 1 in the GLVC in 3-point shooting (.541).
3-FOR-ALL: NKU continues to lead the GLVC in 3-pointers
made with an average of 9.0 per contest.
APPROACHES 1,000 POINTS: Steven Wright, who played three
years at Bowling Green State before transferring to NKU this season,
enters the week with 977 career points on the hardwood. The 6-foot-3
guard scored 737 career points with Bowling Green and has 240 this
season at NKU.
KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: The Panthers are 8-6 overall, 1-6 in
the GLVC. Kentucky Wesleyan features the GLVC leading scorer and
top rebounder in junior post player Jeff Fahnbulleh, who averages
18.2 ppg and 11.5 rebounds per contest. Fahnbulleh is also shooting
57.3 percent from the field. Rodney Edgerson is scoring 14.8 ppg
and ranks 14th in the GLVC in scoring. Point guard Donte Williams
is eighth in the GLVC in assists at 4.07 per game. Kentucky Wesleyan
is 8-1 at home this season in the Owensboro Sportscenter, and the
Panthers own a victory against then-No. 24 Drury in the Owensboro
LAST TIME AGAINST KENTUCKY WESLEYAN: On Feb. 18, 2006,
Billy Finnell converted a driving layup with two seconds left in
the game to give NKU a 59-57 win over Kentucky Wesleyan in the Owensboro
had tied the score at 57-all when Alvin Lewis made the first of
two free throws with 10 seconds remaining. After Lewis missed the
second attempt, Finnell dribbled the length of the floor, drove
between two Panther defenders and made a contested layup with two
Wright slams down two points during a win against Missouri-St.
Louis last Saturday. Wright ranks No. 6 in the GLVC in scoring
at 16.0 points per game.
attempted a long pass that was intercepted on the ensuing possession,
and NKU won for the second straight season in the Owensboro Sportscenter.
led NKU with 17 points. He also made a trio of 3-point shots in
the second half against the zone defense employed by Kentucky Wesleyan.
with nine points as NKU clinched a berth in the GLVC Tournament.
Vincent Humphrey added eight points for NKU, which swept the season
series with Kentucky Wesleyan for the second straight year.
VENUE FOR ALL VISITORS: On Saturday, NKU will meet Southern
Indiana in the PAC Arena, and the Screaming Eagles rarely lose to
any visiting team at home.
NKU has lost
eight straight games in the PAC Arena against Southern Indiana.
The Norse have not defeated the Screaming Eagles on the road since
a 99-87 victory in the 1996 NCAA II Great Lakes Region championship
NKU has not
won a regular-season game in the PAC Arena since the 1994-95 season,
when the Norse rallied for a 96-90 victory over then-No. 1 Southern
LAST TIME AGAINST SOUTHERN INDIANA: On Jan. 7, 2006, Southern
Indiana posted a 75-56 win over NKU in Regents Hall. Chris Thompson
scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Southern Indiana, while
David Bryant added 12 points.
scored the first nine points of the game and held a 37-26 halftime
lead. The Screaming Eagles opened the second half with a 10-0 run
that was highlighted by consecutive 3-pointers made by Geoff Van
Winkle. His second trey gave Southern Indiana a 47-26 advantage,
and the Screaming Eagles would later extend that lead to as many
as 26 points. Vincent Humphrey scored a team-leading 12 points for
NKU. Southern Indiana shot 53.3 percent from the field and forced
18 NKU turnovers to post the GLVC road victory.