Wright earned All-Great Lakes Region honors on Wednesday from
Daktronics, Inc. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wright leads NKU
in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg).
Ky. - For the second time in a week, Northern Kentucky University
will meet Drury in a postseason tournament setting when those two
teams play Saturday night in the opening round of the NCAA Division
II Great Lakes Regional at Findlay, Ohio.
week’s encounter at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament,
however, the season will end for the team on the short end of the
NKU (22-8) is
the No. 4 seed and will play No. 5 seed Drury (21-8) in the Great
Lakes Regional, which is being be hosted by Findlay (28-1). NKU
and Drury split two meetings this season.
off NKU, 78-69, last month at Springfield, Mo., and the Norse rallied
to eliminate the Panthers from the GLVC Tournament semifinals, 69-62,
last Saturday at Evansville, Ind.
winner will possibly get a shot at top-seeded Findlay, which has
won 58 consecutive home games - the longest streak in the nation
at any level in the NCAA. The Oilers meet eighth-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside
(19-12) in the first round Saturday.
All NKU games
this weekend can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet
NKU is making
its first trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament since the 2002-03
EARNS MORE HONORS: NKU’s Steven Wright has earned
a spot on the All-Great Lakes Region first team from Daktronics,
Wright, a senior guard from Dayton, Ohio, leads NKU in scoring (16.7),
rebounding (5.3 rpg), steals (48) and minutes played (32.8 mpg).
The former Colonel
White High School standout also became one of the most electrifying
players in Norse history with his resounding dunks, and his 35 slams
this season are the most by a guard in NKU history. Wright has led
NKU in scoring 13 times this season with a single-game high of 29
against SIUE on Dec. 2.
He also earned
Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year honors, the first
time since 1989 an NKU men's basketball performer captured that
award. Wright has led NKU to a 22-8 overall record and helped the
Norse capture the GLVC East Division title. He was also named to
the GLVC All-Tournament team after leading NKU to the championship
game last weekend at Evansville, Ind.
starter at Bowling Green State before transferring to NKU, Wright
earlier this season scored his 1,000th career point.
TEAGUE: NKU senior swingman Anthony Teague earned a spot
on the GLVC All-Tournament team after scoring 41 points in three
games. The 6-5 Teague netted 22 points against Drury in the semifinals
last Saturday. He averages 8.8 ppg and leads NKU in 3-pointers made
Teague poured in 41 points during the GLVC Tournament last
week. The 6-5 senior was named to the GLVC All-Tournament
team after helping the Norse advance to the championship game.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: NKU is 13-9 all-time during NCAA
Division II Tournament play. The Norse won Great Lakes Region championships
in 1996 and ’97, and in both of those seasons they advanced
to the NCAA Division II national championship game and finished
LAST TIME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: On March 14, 2003, in
Houghton, Mich., NKU suffered an 80-76 first-round upset at the
hands of Findlay at the SDC Gymnasium. The Norse - who six days
earlier had captured their first-ever GLVC Tournament championship
to earn the No. 3 seed in the NCAA II Great Lakes Region - let an
early 10-point lead slip away and finished the season with a 25-6
scored 25 points as sixth-seeded Findlay knocked off NKU in the
opening game of the NCAA Tournament. The Oilers also avenged a season-opening
70-62 loss to NKU and advanced to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes
Region Tournament semifinals for the second straight year.
NKU - ranked
No. 4 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll - shot 53.6 percent
from the field, but the Norse committed 24 turnovers and allowed
Findlay to connect on 56.9 percent of its shots from the field.
The Norse led
by as many as 10 points in the first half as Quentin Smith scored
16 of his 18 points, but Findlay used a 15-2 run to start the second
half to take a 50-42 lead. The Oilers eventually built a 10-point
cushion (61-51), but NKU fought back with a late rally.
basket with less than a minute left cut Findlay’s lead to
77-76, but Dustin Pfeifer made a pair of free throws with 16 seconds
remaining to extend the Oilers’ advantage to 79-76. NKU’s
Mike Kelsey attempted a 3-point shot in the closing seconds, but
the ball rimmed out and Pfeifer added a free throw for the final
scored 20 points and dished out six assists to lead NKU. Smith finished
his career at NKU with a double-double (18 points, 13 rebounds),
while St-Preux and Kelsey each added nine points. Chris Seabrooks
scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds for the Norse, who
won the rebounding battle by a 32-22 margin.
LAST TIME AGAINST DRURY: Last weekend in the semifinals
of the GLVC Tournament at Evansville, Ind., Anthony Teague poured
in 22 points and NKU rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first
half to defeat Drury, 69-62.
During the first
half, 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 15-5
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.
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.