Morton scores against Quincy
Ky. - On a night when many clutch shots were made in Regents Hall,
Quincy's Andre Muse connected on the biggest field goal of the evening
in the closing seconds to keep the 20th-ranked Hawks unbeaten.
Muse hit a 15-foot
jumper from the left side of the lane with three seconds remaining
to give Quincy a 70-68 victory over Northern Kentucky University
on Thursday night. Seconds earlier, the Norse's Billy Finnell had
tied the game at 68-all with a driving layup.
the ball for a final shot after Finnell's tying field goal, and
the Hawks placed the ball in Muse's possession. The 6-foot-5 junior
guard found the bottom of the net with a jumper, and NKU immediately
found Finnell with the inbounds pass near midcourt , and the sophomore
guard dribbled down the right side. He attempted a desperation 3-pointer
that missed at the buzzer, and Quincy defeated NKU for the fifth
straight time during the past three years.
they’re going inside, and we took that away. The guy (Muse)
made a tough play - a 15-footer off the dribble," NKU head
coach Dave Bezold said of Muse's shot. "He doesn’t show
that he can do that all the time, so we have to live with that.
Maybe if he had a little better pressure on him, but we didn’t."
with a game-high 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field for
the Hawks, who improved to 6-0 overall, 1-0 in the Great Lakes Valley
Conference. Joel Box added 14 points and nine rebounds for Quincy,
which shot 60.4 percent from the field.
scored 17 points, dished out three assists and blocked two shots
for NKU, which dropped to 3-2 overall, 0-2 in the GLVC. Steven Wright
added 16 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Travis Rasso
scored 12 points.
Morton was 6-for-7
from the field and also added two steals in 31 minutes of action
off the bench. The 6-foot-4 junior forward credited Muse for hitting
a clutch shot at the end.
me at the top of the key, and I was supposed to switch. The guy
made a really tough shot," Morton said.
a 40-37 halftime lead when Ryan Walker connected on a 30-foot shot
at the buzzer. The Hawks eventually built a 52-43 lead with 12:57
left, but NKU rallied and took a 62-61 advantage on Morton's conventional
three-point play with 4:11 remaining.
answered by swishing a 3-pointer to give Quincy a 64-62 lead, and
the teams battled back and forth the remainder of the game. NKU
shot 57.9 percent from the field in the second half to stay in contention.
changed just a little bit. It slowed down and there weren’t
as many points scored in the second half," Bezold said. "We
gave up 60 percent shooting in the first half . We changed our lineup
a little bit. We had great looks inside. Rasso and (James) Cripe
had some really good looks inside, but we didn’t finish a
couple of them. Then there weren’t as many good looks off
the dribble in the second half."
with six points, five assists and three steals. Mark Hawkins added
six points on a pair of 3-point field goals, and Kevin Schappell
scored five points.
NKU has not
defeated Quincy since Dec. 1, 2003, when it held on for a 75-73
win in Regents Hall.
Next up for NKU is defending
regional champion Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. The Cougars
visit Regents Hall at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.