Humphrey scores against UMass Lowell during NKU’s 77-68
win Friday night. Humphrey led the Norse with 17 points and
Ky. - The winning streak is now at six games for the Northern Kentucky
University men’s basketball team, which posted a 77-68 victory
over Massachusetts Lowell on Friday night in Regents Hall.
and Scott Bibbins combined for 33 points as NKU improved to 7-1.
Humphrey finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Norse.
Bibbins netted 16 points and dished out three assists as the Norse
shot 50 percent from the field and coasted to the win.
nice to play a really good team after the Christmas break and to
get a win out of it,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “We
have a variety of guys that we can put out on the floor who can
change the game. At different times, they all helped us in this
game and our depth was a factor.”
finished with 11 points off the bench for NKU, which led by as many
as 15 points. Gagai drained a pair of 3-pointers against the UMass
Lowell zone to key a 10-0 run in the second half as NKU extended
a 45-40 lead into a 55-40 advantage.
played a lot of zone, which we haven’t seen a lot of this
season,” Humphrey said. “You can practice against it
and try to simulate it, but it’s different once you get out
here and see it because it is a lot quicker. I think we handled
it really well and we came away with a win.”
Kevin Carr led
UMass Lowell (4-5) with 18 points. The River Hawks owned a three-game
winning streak entering Friday's contest.
NKU took care
of the basketball most of the evening and committed only nine turnovers.
In an attempt to get back into the game, UMass Lowell continually
fouled in the closing minutes and sent NKU to the free-throw line
for 17 attempts in the final 2:33 of the game.
Bibbins’ play as a major reason for NKU’s early success.
been pretty consistent, and we’re going to have to continue
to get that from him,” Bezold said. “We’ve been
asking him to give us some scoring from as the point guard and to
be aggressive, which he was tonight. He is a good basketball player
and has provided a good spark for us this year.
a big loss for us last year when he went out with a broken arm and
some people just don’t understand that. When he left us, it
kind of hurt the team.”
NKU plays host
to North Alabama at 1 p.m. Saturday. NKU then resumes 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.
to come out sharp tonight, and we’ve got to do the same (Saturday)
afternoon, because that is going to say a lot about our team,”
Bibbins said. “Coming back to play at 1 o’clock after
a tough night game will say a lot about us.”
GLIDES THROUGH DE AIR (ON) WITH DE GREATEST OF EASE
forward DeAaron Williams (left) takes a lob pass from Billy
Finnell and finishes with a prodigious dunk against UMass
Lowell on Friday. The Norse extended their winning streak
to six with a 77-68 victory. (Photo sequence by Jeff McCurry,
NKU Sports Information)