Rasso drives for two of his career-high 31 points last Wednesday
night against Indiana-East. NKU posted a 124-58 victory in
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
is at home for a pair of non-conference games this weekend, beginning
with a 7 p.m. Friday contest against Massachusetts Lowell in Regents
NKU will also
play host to North Alabama at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Norse are 6-1
overall and own five consecutive victories going into the weekend.
NKU will resume
Great Lakes Valley Conference play Jan. 3, when Rockhurst visits
Regents Hall for a 7:45 p.m. game. The Norse also play host to Drury
on Jan. 5 at 3:15 p.m.
SHOW: Prior to the Christmas break on Dec. 19, NKU posted
a 124-58 win against Indiana-East. NKU 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.
Anthony Teague connected on six shots from 3-point range to lead
NKU also dished
out a school-record 36 assists in that victory. The previous Norse
single-game record of 32 assists was reached twice (vs. Akron in
1978, and vs. Thomas More in 1988).
PERFORMANCE: Norse senior center Travis Rasso scored a
career-high 31 points in that game on 14-for-19 shooting from the
field. The former Boone County High School standout also grabbed
a career-best 14 rebounds. Rasso averages 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds
per game. He is also shooting 70.5 percent from the field.
NKU leads the GLVC in 3-pointers made with an average of 10.71 per
game. The Norse are also No. 1 in the GLVC in 3-point shooting percentage
HANDS: David McFarland continues to lead the GLVC in assist-to-turnover
ratio at 6.60. The junior guard has 33 assists and only five turnovers
this season. NKU sophomore guard Scott Bibbins is second in the
GLVC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.57, while teammate Billy Finnell
is third at 2.43. Finnell ranks fourth in the GLVC with 4.86 assists
DEBUT: DeAaron Williams joined NKU just in time for the
Indiana-East game, and the transfer from Illinois Central College
scored 18 points. Williams, a 6-foot-5 junior forward from Peoria,
Ill., buried four 3-pointers and added four rebounds in just 20
minutes of action.
NUMBERS: NKU senior forward Harrison Morton averages 15.1
ppg and is shooting 58.1 percent from the field. He also leads NKU
with 12 steals and has made 75 percent of his free throws.
Williams glides past Indiana-East defenders last week. Williams
scored 18 points in his NKU debut and made four 3-pointers.
UMASS LOWELL: The River Hawks, members of the NCAA Division
II Northeast-10 Conference, are 4-4 overall. UMass Lowell is led
in scoring by senior guard Dashon Harper, who averages 14.9 ppg.
NKU and UMass Lowell have never met in men’s basketball.
NORTH ALABAMA: The Lions are 9-4 overall. Casey Holt averages
19.1 ppg to lead North Alabama, which averages 86.2 ppg.
LAST TIME AGAINST UNA: On Dec. 30, 2006, Anthony Teague
drained three consecutive 3-point shots to spark an NKU rally that
forced overtime, and the Norse took advantage by outscoring North
Alabama 20-14 in the extra session en route to a 100-94 victory.
Teague finished 21 points, and he shot 8-for-12 from the field.
off the bench and scored 10 points in the first half as NKU took
a 38-34 lead at the break. Travis Rasso added eight of his 14 points
in a reserve role during the first half for the Norse.
With Esmir Guzonjic
scoring 26 points, and Milton Nance adding 25 points, North Alabama
rallied in the second half. A Guzonjic layup with 5:21 remaining
gave the Lions a 68-63 lead, but Rasso countered with a basket to
bring NKU within three points at 68-65.
Johnson hit two free throws to give North Alabama a 70-65 lead,
Teague began his long-range barrage. His 3-pointer with 3:43 left
cut the deficit to 70-68. Moments later, Teague struck again with
a 24-footer to bring NKU within a point at 72-71. His last 3-pointer
gave NKU a 75-74 lead with 2:15 remaining.
held an 80-78 lead with seven seconds remaining in regulation after
Quinn Beckwith made one of two free throws. Billy Finnell, however,
went hard to the basket on NKU's final possession and drew a foul
with 0.5 seconds on the clock. Finnell made both free throws to
In the extra
session, Vincent Humphrey scored a pair of baskets and Wright came
up with a key steal and layup. Wright and Kevin Schappell (15 points)
each made four free throws in the overtime to seal the victory.
Wright finished with 18 points, seven assists, four rebounds and
four steals. David McFarland and James Cripe each added eight points
for the Norse.