Teague attempts a floater in the lane during the second half
of NKU’s 69-62 win over Drury. Teague scored 22 points,
including 15 in the second half as the Norse rallied for the
Ind. - Northern Kentucky University’s Anthony Teague is a
3-point shooter first and foremost, and that’s never going
to change as long as he continues to play basketball. But the Norse
senior swingman is working on improving other facets of the game
such as rebounding, defense and driving to the hoop.
some of that well-rounded game during the semifinals of the Great
Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Saturday afternoon by scoring
a career-high 22 points and leading NKU to a hard-fought 69-62 win
over Drury. The Norse improved to 22-7 and will meet Southern Indiana
at 1 p.m. (CST) Sunday for the GLVC Tournament championship in Roberts
7-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point
range. He also made all five of his free-throw attempts, grabbed
four rebounds and made big plays throughout the second half.
try to force anything because I’ve been inconsistent from
the 3-point line this season,” said Teague a transfer from
New Mexico and a native of Cleveland, Ohio. “Coach has told
me to drive to the basket, that people are going to play me to be
a shooter. I have to learn how to penetrate.
great penetrators like Billy (Finnell) and Steve (Wright), and that
normally allows me to get open from the outside. But I can go to
the basket, and I saw some openings in this game.”
NKU head coach
Dave Bezold is the first to admit Teague’s ability to shoot
from long range is uncanny, but he is also pleased by the senior’s
willingness to do the little things to win.
now gets himself going by rebounding and playing defense, instead
of shooting,” Bezold said. “He’s drinking the
Kool-Aid and he is on board. Doing other things gets you loose and
into the game, and it relaxes you.
he gets going, he can hit shots from anywhere and at any angle.
Anthony’s range is unbelievable.”
During the first
half, though, Drury junior forward Collins Harris resembled Michael
Jordan in his prime. The 6-foot-5 Harris put on an NBA-type scoring
exhibition against NKU, netting Drury’s first 11 points –
nine on a trio of 3-point shots – to give his team an early
Harris already had 23 points and appeared to be on his way to shattering
the GLVC Tournament scoring record of 35. Drury, however, needed
a late basket by Adam White to forge a 41-all tie at the break.
Cripe goes over Drury’s Collins Harris for a shot in
the second half. Cripe hauled down six rebounds and scored
four points as the Norse advanced to the GLVC title game.
because Harrison Morton scored 11 of his 13 points in the first
half, including seven to key a 12-1 run that gave NKU a 17-16 lead
when Teague knocked down a jumper.
Morton gave us tremendous energy when we didn’t even have
a pulse in the first half,” Bezold said. “He helped
us get going offensively, helped us relax, and he was huge in this
The first half
featured 15 lead changes and seven ties. Drury shot 59.1 percent
from the field and 83.3 percent from 3-point range, while NKU connected
on 58.6 percent of its shots from the floor and was 5-for-10 in
6-for-8 shooting from the field and hit all four of his 3-point
attempts to go into the locker room with 23 points.
is a heck of a player, and after he scored the first 11 points of
the game for them, I thought we were in for a long night,”
Teague said. “We adjusted well in the second half and were
able to contain him a little better, but he is really good.”
poured in 15 points in the second half to help NKU pull away. He
sparked a 12-0 run by scoring seven straight points to give the
Norse a 57-50 lead with 9:07 left in the game. Drury rallied and
closed to within two points (62-60) with 3:45 left in the game when
Harris made a pair of free throws.
again, hitting three free throws after being fouled attempting a
3-pointer for a 65-60 lead. Billy Finnell sealed the win for NKU
with 22 seconds by hitting a short jumper to give the Norse a 67-62
11 points and four assists for NKU, which won the rebounding battle
by a 31-26 count. The NKU bench outscored Drury's reserves by a
42-4 margin, led by Teague and Morton.
defense on Harris in the second half made a huge difference in the
outcome. The Drury All-GLVC performer was held to five points after
the break and finished with 28.
different people on him, and gave him different looks in the second
half,” Bezold said. “Harris was just on fire in the
first half, and he didn’t even miss a 3-pointer. You know
things will usually even out sooner or later, and we just hoped
he would cool off a little.
a great player, and Drury has a really talented team. We made some
stops when we had to, and our seniors stepped up and made big plays,
and that’s why you win at tournament time.”
NKU will now
have to get by a Southern Indiana team many consider a favorite
to win the NCAA Division II national championship. Earlier this
season, the Screaming Eagles handed NKU an 83-71 loss at the PAC
NKU is ranked
No. 4 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll, and
the pairings will be announced Sunday night. Findlay is No. 1 in
the poll and is expected to host the eight-team regional field March
10, 11 and 13.