Morton scores a basket during the first half of NKU’s
101-60 win over Kentucky Christian. Morton notched a double-double
with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Ky. - Anyone who expected a complete, absolute blowout to occur
Tuesday night guessed exactly right.
But would anyone
have expected Michael Kramer to spark Northern Kentucky University's
offensive attack with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field
during a 101-60 victory over Kentucky Christian?
In fact, did
anyone except those inside the NKU program even know Kramer was
even on the roster?
Kramer, a 6-foot-5
wing player from Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, joined the
team at the semester break. In his debut Tuesday night, Kramer scored
all 14 of his points in the second half and grabbed four rebounds
in just 11 minutes of action.
also added 14 points for NKU, which improved to 9-4 with the non-conference
victory. Kramer and Teague spearheaded the Norse bench, which produced
65 points during the lopsided win.
NKU head coach
Dave Bezold, in fact, pulled his five starters only five minutes
into the game with the score tied at 13-all. And the reserves responded.
one of those situations where it’s a privilege to be able
to go out and play basketball. You better have some excitement,
enthusiasm and be ready to go," Bezold said of yanking his
starters. "We’ll find five people who will be excited
to play. I felt comfortable having the other group out there."
It took a couple
of minutes, as Kentucky Christian again tied the score at 21-all
on a basket by Akeem Scott. That did not please the NKU coaching
a little frustrating because sometimes you come out and try to judge
a book by its cover, and you don’t play as well," Bezold
said. "You see the other end and they’re not very tall,
but those kids play hard and that’s what I told our guys.
They all can shoot it.
got to be ready to play and be fundamentally sound, but we weren’t
ready to go. As a result it was tied at 21 at one point, and our
guys learned as a lesson that you better respect anybody that walks
onto the floor."
NKU used a 28-10 run to end the first half and take a 49-31 lead
at the break. The Norse built the 18-point advantage by shooting
52.8 percent from the field. Travis Rasso scored all nine of his
points in the first half to lead NKU.
who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, added eight points
before the break. Morton also finished with four assists in 17 minutes
Kramer scored 14 points in his NKU debut Tuesday night.
In the second
half, Kramer and Teague combined for 25 points as NKU led by as
many as 42 points. Kramer, in fact, put NKU over the century mark
by draining a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the game. Kramer
spent a year at Central Michigan University before enrolling at
NKU in December.
As a prep standout
at Oak Hills, he averaged 16 points per game as a senior.
his hot shooting from 3-point range by making four treys. He also
grabbed five rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. The 6-5 senior
has also been one of the most torrid 3-point shooters in the Great
Lakes Valley Conference the past two weeks.
think that I’ve got my confidence back," said Teague,
who entered Tuesday's game having made 11 of his past 18 attempts
from 3-point range. "I play with a lot of confidence in my
team, and they allow me to shoot these shots. I believe that I can
knock them down."
Teague was also
impressed by Kramer's debut at NKU.
Mike Kramer. He played really well," Teague said. "He
came in and didn’t force anything and played off of us. He’s
going to be an asset to this team."
added 12 points for NKU, which won the rebounding battle by a 44-25
margin. Kevin Schappell scored 10 points for the Norse, who held
Kentucky Christian (6-11) to 33.3 percent shooting from the field.
The Knights entered the game averaging 86 points per contest, but
NKU's defense and size advantage prevented any such offensive outburst
and Mark Hawkins each added eight points for NKU, with Wright dishing
out four assists and collecting three steals. The Norse totaled
21 assists as a team and forced the Knights into 20 turnovers.
always good to be passing the ball like that," Teague said.
"When you pass the ball around you’ll get guys that score
like we had tonight."
NKU will play
host to GLVC rivals Missouri-Rolla (7:45 p.m. Thursday) and Missouri-St.
Louis (3:15 p.m. Saturday) later this week. NKU is 2-3 in the GLVC.