Ill. - The man known to teammates as D-Mac showed Southern Illinois
at Edwardsville he is more than just Northern Kentucky University’s
can pass the ball with the best of them, and, if left open by a
gimmick defense, he can shoot it, too.
out a career-best 10 assists Saturday and buried a trio of 3-pointers
in the first half to spark NKU’s 83-67 victory over SIUE.
The junior guard also grabbed three rebounds and led a Norse defensive
effort that limited the Cougars to 37.9 percent shooting from the
SIUE do something differently in the first half by hitting those
shots, because they were in the same kind of defense that Grand
Valley played last year in the NCAA Tournament, and that was not
guarding him at all,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “David
can shoot the ball when he needs to, but he is so unselfish. He
does whatever we need to do to win, and those were big 3-pointers
realize he had that many assists, but I’m not surprised. He
is such an intelligent player and always makes good decisions.”
scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead NKU. Teague,
a senior guard, finished 8-for-12 from the field and made all four
of his 3-point attempts as NKU improved to 4-1 overall. Harrison
Morton added 18 points and five rebounds for the Norse, who are
2-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
NKU made seven
3-pointers in the first half to build a 38-32 lead at the break.
The Norse shot 68.2 percent from the field in the second half to
roll past the Cougars (2-3, 0-2 GLVC) and win in the Vadalabene
Center for the first time since Feb. 6, 2003.
It also gave
NKU a sweep of the Quincy/SIUE road trip for the first time since
sure when the last time we swept this road trip, but I am really
proud of this group for the way they competed against two tough
opponents,” Bezold said. “We were a little sluggish
in the first half, but we were still ahead. Then we came out in
the second half and extended the lead.”
scored a career-high 16 points for NKU, while teammate Travis Rasso
added six points and six rebounds. Billy Finnell finished with six
points and four assists with no turnovers.
had a very consistent road trip, and that’s important because
he is our tallest player inside,” Bezold said. “Bibbins
was very solid and hit some big shots in both games on this trip.
We’ve won three straight road games against some tough competition,
and that’s a good sign.”
led SIUE with 20 points, and T.J. Gray added 14. It marked the final
regular-season basketball game between the two schools as members
of the GLVC as SIUE is reclassifying to NCAA Division I status next
NKU plays host
to UC-Clermont next Saturday at 7 p.m. in Regents Hall. That begins
a stretch of seven consecutive home games for the Norse, who will
not hit the road again until Jan. 10.