Cripe challenges Braxton Mills during the first half. Cripe
recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Ky. - The Loveland High School connection of Kevin Schappell and
James Cripe led Northern Kentucky University into a tie for first
place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division on Thursday
20 points off the bench and made six free throws in the final 30
seconds as NKU held on for a 67-62 win over Indianapolis in Regents
Hall. The Norse improved to 13-5 overall, 6-4 in the GLVC.
allowed NKU to move into a tie atop the GLVC East with both Indianapolis
four 3-pointers and was 8-for-8 at the free-throw line. Cripe, the
first 7-footer in NKU basketball history, finished with 12 points,
10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Cripe's old high school buddy
was impressed by what he saw Thursday night.
the James Cripe that coach (Dave) Bezold and everybody on our team
thought we had when he came here," Schappell said. "We
just need him to be consistent and produce like that because he’s
capable of doing that every game."
10 points and pulled down five rebounds in the first half as NKU
built a 37-23 lead. The Norse held Indianapolis to 30 percent shooting
from the field during the opening 20 minutes.
great defense. Our problem has been putting two good halves of defense
together, and I think we did that tonight," said Cripe, who
played at Division I Dayton before transferring to NKU. "That
helps because we weren’t necessarily scoring the ball as well
as we could have in the second half."
(10-7, 6-4 GLVC) took advantage of NKU's cold shooting (6-for-22)
in the second half to cut the Norse lead to 60-58 with 1:17 remaining
on a DeAndre Brock jumper. After Billy Finnell made one of two free
throws with 56 seconds left to extend the lead to 61-58, Scott Strahm
missed a 3-pointer.
fouled Schappell three straight times during the final 30 seconds,
and the senior guard responded by knocking down six straight free
throws to seal the win.
Schappell drives against Justin Barnard during NKU’s
what Kevin does. He doesn’t miss a lot of free throws,"
said Cripe, who has watched Schappell make clutch free throws in
both high school and college. "When the game gets down to the
wire, I don’t want anybody else but him being fouled."
17 of his 20 points in the second half. Steven Wright added 16 points,
eight rebounds and three assists for NKU. Finnell scored six points
and dished out six assists.
the nice lead we played a really nice first half," Bezold said.
"Then again, we knew they’d make the run, and they did,
but then we responded. It was tough in the end because we let them
back in it."
added six points for NKU, and teammate Vincent Humphrey scored five.
The Norse shot 42.3 percent from the field for the game and were
15-for-21 at the free-throw line.
the season, you have to be able to execute on both sides of the
floor in order to win," Bezold said. "We’ve been
pretty good at the moment."
Brock - who
was named GLVC Player of the Week on Monday - led Indianapolis with
14 points, and Braxton Mills added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Justin Barnard finished with 12 points and five rebounds. The Greyhounds
shot 38.6 percent from the field and made all 12 of their free-throw
NKU will meet
Saint Joseph’s at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in the 2007 Homecoming.
The Pumas lost at Bellarmine on Thursday night but have won the
past two years in Regents Hall.
Saint Joseph’s rallied to post a 75-69 win over NKU in Regents
Hall. Saint Joseph’s trailed by five points (64-59) with 2:57
left, but the Pumas used a game-ending 16-5 run to pull out the