James Cripe scored eight points and helped the Norse wear
down Kentucky Wesleyan scoring machine Jeff Fahnbulleh during
a 76-65 win.
- Northern Kentucky University saw firsthand why Kentucky Wesleyan's
Jeff Fahnbulleh is the leading scorer and rebounder in the Great
Lakes Valley Conference. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound post player muscled
his way for 22 points and 15 rebounds on 10-for-16 shooting from
the field Thursday night against the Norse.
however, could not carry Kentucky Wesleyan to a win over the balanced
attack of NKU. The Norse placed five players in double figures en
route to a 76-65 victory over the Panthers in the Owensboro Sportscenter.
meanwhile, was introduced to NKU's Steven Wright, another GLVC newcomer
who has made an impact this season. Wright led the Norse with 16
points, six rebounds and five assists. He also hit a trio of 3-pointers
and blocked a shot.
added 14 points as NKU improved to 12-4 and won for the third straight
season in the Owensboro Sportscenter. Norse head coach Dave Bezold
is now 5-0 all-time against Kentucky Wesleyan, and NKU remained
tied for first place in the GLVC East standings with a 5-3 record.
the best 40 minutes we've played this season, and we followed our
game plan from start to finish," said Bezold, who is 3-0 in
the Owensboro Sportscenter. "I don't care what the stat sheet
says, James Cripe and Travis Rasso did a heck of a job getting up
and down the floor because that's a man (Fahnbulleh) they had to
deal with tonight.
up with 22 points and 15 rebounds, but he could only be on the floor
so many minutes and they helped wear him down."
the game averaging 18.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per contest to
top the GLVC in both categories. The Panthers dropped to 8-7 overall,
1-7 in the GLVC.
NKU jumped out
to a 25-9 lead midway through the first half and looked ready to
blow the Panthers off their home floor. Wright and Schappell knocked
down consecutive 3-pointers for a 21-7 lead, followed by baskets
from Cripe and Anthony Teague to push the margin to 25-9 with 8:46
chipped away at the NKU lead behind Fahnbulleh and Tim Baker (19
points). By halftime, the Panthers trailed by just eight points
eventually tied the score at 48-all on a Fahnbulleh basket with
11:23 remaining in the game, but NKU countered with a 7-0 run to
take a 55-48 lead. Cripe hit a pair of free throws to start the
spurt, Wright hit a jumper to extend the lead to four and Teague
drained a 3-pointer to cap the run.
their run at us, but we hung in there and made big shots,"
Bezold said. "We had a lot of guys step up and hit shots."
finished with 13 points and made a clutch 3-pointer with the shot
clock winding down late in the second half. Anthony Teague scored
11 points for the Norse, and teammate Vincent Humphrey added 10
points. Cripe finished with eight points, two rebounds and two steals.
played three years at Bowling Green State before transferring to
NKU this season, now has 993 career points.
NKU will meet
No. 10 Southern Indiana on Saturday at Evansville, Ind. 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 Indiana.