forward Harrison Morton is one of five Norse seniors who will
be recognized Saturday night prior to the game against Indianapolis.
Morton is a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School.
Ramstetter, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
closes out the Regents Hall era this week with home games against
Saint Joseph’s (Thursday at 7:45 p.m.) and Indianapolis (Saturday
at 7 p.m.).
Members of the
first men’s and women’s Northern Kentucky State College
teams will be recognized Saturday. Both NKU teams will wear throwback
jerseys that the first squads wore in the 1970s.
NKU will move
into its new on-campus arena, The Bank of Kentucky Center, next
Anthony Teague, Mark Hawkins, Travis Rasso, Vincent Humphrey and
Harrison Morton will be recognized during Senior Night festivities.
That game will be televised live on ICN-6.
INSIDE: Senior center Dzaflo Larkai dominated the inside
and scored 26 points as Bellarmine upset NKU, 75-71, Saturday night
in Regents Hall. The Norse entered that game ranked 22nd nationally
in the NCAA Division II poll and atop the Great Lakes Valley Conference
East Division standings.
NKU is now 16-4
overall, 10-3 in the GLVC and in second place in the GLVC East.
Kentucky Wesleyan leads the GLVC East with an 11-2 record. The Norse
own a win over the Panthers earlier this season and will visit Owensboro
later this month.
TROUBLE: Three NKU starters fouled out Saturday, starting
with Harrison Morton with 5:51 left in the game. Anthony Teague
followed with 3:44 left, and Vincent Humphrey took a seat on the
bench with 43.1 seconds left.
FROM THE FIELD: NKU shot only 39 percent (23-59) from the
field against Bellarmine, including 32.1 percent in the first half.
AND HAWKINS BATTLE: Vincent Humphrey led the Norse on a
furious comeback attempt, scoring 15 of his 18 points in the second
half and helping to close the deficit to five points, 67-62, with
just over a minute remaining before fouling out.
took over from there and helped the Norse pull to within two points,
73-71, with his 3-pointer with five seconds remaining, but NKU could
get no closer. Hawkins finished with 12 points, all in the second
half. Humphrey is fourth on the team with 9.4 points per game and
Hawkins is averaging 4.7 points.
START: Teague scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half
Saturday. In a win over Wisconsin-Parkside on Feb. 2, Teague made
all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half and had 13 of
his 15 points at the break. Teague is third on the team in scoring
at 11.3 ppg.
AT THE LINE: Holy Cross High School graduate Scott Bibbins
scored 10 points against Bellarmine and added a game-high six assists
while hitting both of his free-throw attempts to remain atop the
GLVC rankings in free-throw percentage. The sophomore point guard
has made 48 of 51 attempts this season for an eye-popping 94.1 percent.
Bibbins also averages 9.2 points per game.
ASSISTS: Billy Finnell dished out five assists Saturday
and is now ranked 10th in the conference with 3.5 helpers per game.
Junior guard David McFarland, a Boone County High School graduate,
leads the team and is ninth in the conference at 3.55 assists. Bibbins
ranks 12th in the GLVC at 3.4.
SAINT JOSEPH’S: The Pumas (13-8 overall, 9-4 GLVC)
are tied for third place in the GLVC East Division with Lewis. Ronald
Coleman, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward leads Saint Joseph’s with
15.7 points per game. Senior guard/forward Devin Thomas scores 13.8
points per game, and 6-7 junior forward Brandon Mayse averages an
even 10 points per game. The Pumas had won six straight contests
before losing at Kentucky Wesleyan last Saturday.
LAST TIME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: The Pumas’
six-game winning streak followed a 58-55 loss to the Norse in Rensselaer,
Ind., on Jan. 12. Freshman guard Dennis Gagai buried a pair of 3-pointers
in the final 1:24 of the game as NKU posted the comeback win at
Saint Joseph’s. Gagai also made a pair of free throws with
7.1 seconds left to give the Norse a three-point lead, and NKU survived
a last-second 3-point attempt from Will Jones.
with a team-leading 14 points, eight of those in the final two minutes.
His 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining gave NKU a 53-50 lead, and he
extended the advantage to 56-50 with 33 seconds left with another
trey. For the game, Gagai made four 3-pointers and added an assist
in 25 minutes.
led Saint Joseph’s with 14 points and eight rebounds, but
the Pumas managed to shoot just 32.7 percent from the field. NKU’s
defense also held Saint Joseph’s to 4-for-22 shooting from
3-point range. Finnell dished out seven assists for NKU, which received
39 points from its bench. DeAaron Williams scored eight points and
grabbed seven rebounds for NKU, while Harrison Morton added seven
points and two steals.
LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: Four Norse players scored
in double figures, and NKU rolled past the Greyhounds 74-59 Jan.
10 at Indianapolis. Teague’s 17 points led the Norse. Teague
hit five 3-point shots for the Norse, who finished 10-for-22 from
The NKU defense
held Indianapolis to 38.9 percent shooting from the field and forced
Greyhound standout guard DeAndre Brock into a 3-for-14 night from
the field and 12 points. NKU began the second half on a 10-1 run
to build a 49-35 lead and coasted to the victory. Teague hit a pair
of 3-pointers to key the spurt, and Humphrey also buried a 3-pointer
during the run.
with 15 points and made a trio of 3-point shots. Harrison Morton
added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Norse, while DeAaron
Williams scored 12 points. Scott Bibbins scored eight points and
dished out four assists for NKU, which shot 50 percent from the
field and committed just nine turnovers.
NIGHT: This Thursday, fans will receive a free bobblehead
doll of NKU president Dr. James Votruba during the Norse’s
doubleheader against Saint Joseph’s in Regents Hall.
FORMAT: If the Norse win the GLVC East title or finish
second, they will host a first-round GLVC Tournament game March
4 in Regents Hall. The semifinals and finals will then be played
at the highest remaining seed. The GLVC Tournament had been held
in Evansville, Ind., the past nine years in Roberts Stadium.