Rasso powers up for two of his career-high 31 points Wednesday
night against Indiana-East. NKU posted a 124-58 victory in
Ky. - The scouting report on Indiana-East describes a high-scoring
basketball team that plays very little defense.
lived up to the second part of the scouting report Wednesday night
in Regents Hall against Northern Kentucky University, which cruised
to a record-setting 124-58 win over the visitors. The Norse drained
a school-record 19 3-pointers - including 13 treys in the second
half - en route to notching the largest margin of victory (66 points)
in school history.
NKU also tied
the school record for most points in a half (66) and placed five
players in double figures to roll past the Pioneers. NKU head coach
Dave Bezold said while he expected to win, he warned his players
before the game to not take any team for granted.
our players, 'What did (Cincinnati) think they were going to do
to us in our exhibition?' They beat us by like 50-60 points last
year and all of a sudden this year, we popped up and had a 20-5
lead on them," Bezold said. "You play and respect the
game. Indiana-East has had some things to happen to them, and they’ve
lost a bunch of guys. You respect the game and respect that opponent
by playing the game the right way.
set out the embarrass anyone and you do have to do things right.
As a result, you’ll probably win the game, but you play it
the right way."
(4-8) entered the game averaging 95 points per contest and featured
the national scoring leader in the NAIA in forward Joe Ramey (29.6
ppg). The Pioneers, however, also surrender nearly 110 points per
game, and NKU (6-1) had no trouble reaching that number.
Travis Rasso dominated the inside and poured in a career-high 31
points on 14-for-19 shooting from the field. The Boone County High
School graduate also pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds in just
22 minutes on the court.
school at Boone County, I had a couple of 30 point games, but not
many of them. I just wanted to stay aggressive and continue to go
to the hole," Rasso said. "Staying aggressive is the best
thing that you can do against a team like this. It doesn’t
matter if they’ve got 7-footers out there or guys that are
6-2, you’ve got to stay aggressive.
was telling us that our mind-frame in practice and in the game needs
to be that no matter what name is on the jersey, you just have to
play good basketball. Our assist-to-turnover ratio tonight was great.
That is one of those stats that you can see that we were playing
Morton attempts a shot against Indiana-East during the first
half. Morton finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.
NKU, in fact,
finished with 36 assists and had just 10 turnovers in the fast-paced
contest. Scott Bibbins dished out a game-high eight assists, while
Billy Finnell recorded seven assists and no turnovers. David McFarland
- who leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in assists-to-turnover
ratio - handed out six assists with just one turnover, while Harrison
Morton and Anthony Teague each finished with five assists.
very happy with the way we shared the basketball, and the result
was that we shot a pretty good percentage," Bezold said, noting
NKU's 59.5 percent from the field.
22 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Teague knocked down
six shots from 3-point range and totaled 19 points. NKU held Ramey
to just 10 points on 3-for-14 shooting from the field.
Humphrey and (David) McFarland did a great job on Ramey," Bezold
said. "They were focused on not allowing him to get any good
shots, and the defense they both played was outstanding because
he scores almost 30 points a game."
story within the game was the debut of transfer DeAaron Williams,
who scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds. The 6-foot-5 Williams,
who joined the team Wednesday afternoon, finished 7-for-10 from
the field and also buried four 3-pointers.
I was tired. I was out there dying," said Williams, who played
at Illinois Central College last season and averaged 16.5 points
per game. "Overall, it was just a relief to finally get some
things taken care of and step back out there on the court. It was
fun. My teammates and my coaches invited me out there, so I just
wanted to make the most of it."
Bezold was also
glad to have Williams available in the non-conference game, especially
since the former prep star from Illinois has yet to practice with
one, it was great to get DeAaron an opportunity to get on the floor
without a lot of pressure, and number two, not having to worry about
him knowing where to be. He was just able to go out there and play,"
Bezold said. "We have a number of practices before our next
game, so he is going to be able to get more comfortable with the
system and understand where we’re going. Everybody saw it
- we need get his cardiovascular back under him because he is going
to wilt very fast when the intensity picks up, but that is okay
because we’re very fortunate to have him and he adds to our
NKU, which has
won five consecutive games, will next be in action Dec. 28 at 7
p.m. against Massachusetts-Lowell in Regents Hall. The Norse also
entertain North Alabama at 1 p.m. Dec. 29.