Cripe scores against Thomas More
Ky. - A rugged weekend of Great Lakes Valley Conference basketball
begins for Northern Kentucky University on Thursday night when unbeaten
Quincy (5-0) visits Regents Hall for a 7:45 p.m. contest.
NKU will also
play host to defending NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region champion
Southern Illinois at Edwardsville at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Both games
can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and on the Internet at athletics.nku.edu.
The SIUE game will be televised live on ICN-6 Saturday afternoon.
Quincy is ranked
No. 20 nationally in the latest NCAA Division II poll, while SIUE
is No. 21.
NKU is 3-1 overall
after cruising to an 86-61 win over Thomas More last Saturday night.
The Norse are 0-1 in the GLVC.
ON TARGET: The scoring of Steven Wright allowed NKU to
run away from Thomas More in the second half last Saturday. Wright,
who finished 7-for-11 from the field with six rebounds, scored 14
of his game-high 21 points after the halftime break.
Wright, a 6-foot-3
senior guard, leads NKU in scoring at 14.8 points per game. He is
shooting 58.3 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw
HAWK SOARS: NKU junior guard Mark Hawkins poured in a season-high
13 points against Thomas More. Hawkins scored eight points in the
first half, including a pair of 3-point field goals.
SPURT: NKU used a 10-0 run at the start of the second half
last Saturday to extend a 39-27 lead to 49-27. Billy Finnell capped
the 10-0 spurt by draining a 3-pointer with 17:39 to play, and the
Norse would lead by as many as 29 points later in the half.
IN THE CLUTCH: NKU senior center James Cripe scored five
points during the decisive 10-0 run to start the second half against
Thomas More. Cripe averages 10.3 ppg and a team-leading 4.5 rebounds
per contest. The 7-footer is also shooting 57.7 percent from the
Wright soars to the hoop last week
LEFTY: NKU junior forward Vincent Humphrey is No. 3 in
the GLVC in 3-point shooting at 55.6 percent. The 6-4 lefty has
connected on 5-for-9 from long range.
QUINCY: The unbeaten Hawks (5-0) are ranked No. 20 nationally
in the latest NCAA Division II poll. Quincy posted impressive wins
last week over both South Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Neb.
the scoring of senior guard Ryan Walker (13.2 ppg) and junior guard
Andre Muse (13.2 ppg). Walker has already made 12 3-pointers this
season. Senior swingman Marcus Medsker is scoring 11.6 ppg and senior
center/forward Joel Box averages 11.0 ppg.
ATTEMPTS TO SNAP QUINCY HEX: NKU has lost four consecutive
games against Quincy. The Norse have not defeated the Hawks since
Dec. 1, 2003, when NKU held on for a 75-73 win over Quincy in Regents
LAST TIME AGAINST QUINCY: On Feb. 4, 2006, Jordan Roth
scored five points in the final 1:38 of the game as Quincy rallied
for a 62-59 win over NKU in the Pepsi Arena. Roth finished with
a game-high 20 points and eight assists.
from a nine-point deficit in the second half. The Norse held a 59-57
lead with 2:52 left after a basket by Billy Finnell, but those would
be the final points of the game for NKU.
Roth made one
free throw with 1:38 remaining to cut NKU’s lead to 59-58,
and his jumper with 53 seconds left gave Quincy a 60-59 advantage.
had chances to regain the lead. Finnell missed a jumper with 41
seconds left, but Schappell chased down the loose ball. After a
timeout, the Norse worked the clock and looked for the go-ahead
score in the final seconds.
who drained a trio of 3-pointers in the second half to spark NKU’s
comeback - received the ball as the shot clock was winding down,
and he attempted a jumper from the left side. His shot, however,
was blocked by Andre Muse as the shot clock expired, and Quincy
was awarded the ball.
Roth was fouled
with 3.1 seconds left and made both free throws to give Quincy a
62-59 lead, and Finnell’s desperation 3-pointer fell short
at the buzzer.
Morton attempts a runner
SIUE: The Cougars, ranked 21st nationally, will play at
Bellarmine on Thursday. SIUE returns four starters from last season’s
regional championship team and is expected to again contend for
a trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
leads SIUE in scoring at 15.3 ppg. The Cougars also feature one
of the top guards in the nation in senior Ty Johnson (10.0 ppg).
LAST TIME AGAINST SIUE: On March 3, 2006, in the opening
round of the GLVC Tournament, SIUE held off a late NKU rally for
a 78-74 win at Evansville, Ind. SIUE used its lightning-quick perimeter
players to shoot 57.4 percent from the field and advanced to the
scored 26 points to keep NKU close. Morton drained five 3-point
shots and finished 9-for-15 from the field.
SIUE shot 60
percent from the field in the first half to take a 36-27 advantage
at the break. Morton scored 15 in the opening half for the Norse,
who shot just 37.5 percent from the field before intermission.
its lead to 48-34 with 14:32 remaining in the game, but NKU countered
with a 20-8 run to pull within 56-54. The Cougars appeared to have
sealed the win with 21 seconds left when J.B. Jones converted a
pair of free throws for a 74-67 lead, but NKU would rally one last
a long 3-pointer from the left corner with 8.1 seconds on the clock
to slice the deficit to 76-74. Jones was fouled with 5.8 seconds
left, and he calmly sealed the win by making both free throws. Jones
set a GLVC Tournament record by going 13-for-13 from the line, and
he scored a team-leading 21 points.