Hawkins drives against Cincinnati
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University will play an exhibition game
against Xavier at 7 p.m. Monday in the Cintas Center.
Xavier is the
defending Atlantic 10 Tournament champion. The Musketeers, who welcome
back four starters, have been selected as the preseason favorite
to repeat as Atlantic 10 champions.
with a 21-11 record last season after nearly upsetting Gonzaga in
the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Musketeers opened exhibition play last week with an 82-58 win
over Tusculum (Tenn.) in the Cintas Center.
game will be broadcast live on WIOK (107.5 FM). It can also be heard
live on the Internet at http://athletics.nku.edu.
It will be the
second exhibition game in six days against a Division I opponent
for NKU, which dropped an 87-41 decision at Cincinnati last Wednesday
night. Cincinnati held NKU to just two field goals in the first
half en route to the win. The Bearcats shot 60 percent from the
field and took advantage of 17 first-half turnovers by NKU.
NKU hit nine
3-pointers in the second half, but UC continued its torrid shooting
from the field (53.8 percent) and coasted to the win. The Bearcats
won the rebounding battle by a 42-19 margin and committed just 13
led NKU with nine points and five rebounds. Anthony Teague scored
seven points, while Mark Hawkins added six points and a team-leading
three assists. The Norse finished by hitting 26.7 percent of their
shots from the field.
SERIES: Xavier owns a 3-2 lead in the all-time regular-season
series with NKU. The two schools have not met in the regular season
since Jan. 6, 1979, when Tom Schneider came off the bench and scored
25 points as NKU stunned Xavier, 63-61, in overtime at Schmidt Fieldhouse.
season, NKU upset the Musketeers, 59-58, as Mike Hofmeyer tipped
in a shot at the buzzer to give the Norse the win.
SEASON’S EXHIBITION AGAINST XU: On Nov. 5, 2005,
Brian Thornton scored 22 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field
as Xavier defeated NKU, 78-44, at the Cintas Center.
added 13 points and six assists for Xavier, which shot 57.1 percent
from the field. The taller Musketeers won the rebounding battle
by a 43-30 margin and held NKU to 26.3 percent shooting from the
Cripe scores against Cincinnati
The Norse were
unable to overcome a slow start and trailed 42-17 at halftime. Xavier
scored the game’s first eight points and jumped out to a 23-6
lead. The Musketeers’ 8-0 run to start the game was keyed
by five points from Thornton, a 6-foot-9 post player who dominated
NKU made just
18.5 percent of its shots in the first half, including 0-for-11
shooting from 3-point range. Thornton scored 13 points before halftime
by making all five of his attempts from the field. Burrell added
12 points during the opening 20 minutes.
sealed the win by shooting 61.9 percent from the field in the second
half. B.J. Raymond had 10 points in his Xavier debut before a crowd
scored eight points for NKU, and Vincent Humphrey added six points
in his Norse debut. NKU finished 4-for-25 from 3-point range.
TIES: Xavier senior forward Justin Doellman is the son
of former NKU basketball standout Dan Doellman, who played for the
Norse from 1975-79. Dan Doellman averaged 18.6 points per game during
his career at NKU and finished with 1,920 career points. He also
led NKU to the 1978 NCAA Division II Tournament.
The elder Doellman
was also a charter member of the NKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
AGAINST DIVISION I OPPONENTS: NKU is 0-9 against Division
I opponents since 2001. The Norse are 0-6 against Cincinnati, 0-1
against Kentucky, 0-1 against Xavier and 0-1 against Ohio State.
LAST WIN AGAINST A DIVISION I OPPONENT: On Jan. 14, 1984,
NKU stunned Tennessee State, 66-64, in Regents Hall. It was NKU’s
second win of the season against a Division I foe (the Norse also
knocked off Evansville), and it marked the final time a Division
I men’s opponent would visit Regents Hall.
OPEN REGULAR SEASON AGAINST FERRIS STATE: NKU begins the
regular season at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 17 against Ferris State in the
John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic in Regents Hall. Ferris State
advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament last season and is expected
to challenge for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
championship this season.
The next night,
NKU will meet Wayne (Mich.) State at 7:45 p.m. in the final game
of the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic.