forward DeAaron Williams slams down two over Saint Joseph’s
defender Will Jones (1) during the first half Thursday night.
Williams finished with eight points, but Saint Joseph’s
Ramstetter, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - Ronald Coleman scored 20 points and Devin Thomas added 19
as Saint Joseph’s rolled past the Northern Kentucky University
men’s basketball team, 80-70, Thursday night in a Great Lakes
Conference basketball game inside Regents Hall.
Will Jones scored
14 points, and Michael Horton added 10 as the Pumas put four players
in double figures. Andrew Helmer grabbed seven boards and Saint
Joseph’s outrebounded the Norse 32-26.
The Norse held
a 51-48 lead with 10:10 left in the game after Harrison Morton hit
two free throws, but the Pumas went on an 18-2 run over the next
six minutes to go up 66-53 and essentially close out the game.
NKU drew to
within seven, 66-59 when Dennis Gagai hit a 3-pointer from the top
of the key with 3:01 left, but the Norse got no closer.
like every shot that they threw up went in and it did,” NKU
head coach Dave Bezold said. “We had a nice lead and we would
break down every time. We missed a guy in transition. We switched
when we weren’t supposed to. Instead of us building on a lead,
they come down and keep it close.
for whatever reason, is not tough enough. The second time you run
through the league, and we’ve been stressing this, you’ve
got to be better and we’re not right now. It is somebody on
each possession that isn’t getting the job done.”
25 points and was the only Norse player in double figures as NKU
lost its second straight home game. Anthony Teague led the Norse
with six rebounds, but scored just six points. DeAaron Williams
scored eight points, but he fouled out late in the game. Scott Bibbins
and Vincent Humphrey each scored six points.
teams scout us,” Bezold said. “When you have limitations
and you have to play a certain way, they see it. There is a blueprint
out there on how to defend us and we’re going to have to do
some other things. We scored well in the second half but we just
couldn’t stop them. They made shots and they continued to
make shots. They just got a wave of momentum and they rode it. We
haven’t had people step up and make plays defensively. That
is the difference right now.
The Norse have
fallen into a three-way tie for second place in the GLVC East Division
with Lewis and Saint Joseph’s, all two games behind Kentucky
Wesleyan. The Panthers defeated Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday night,
92-75, in Kenosha, Wis.
just going to have to get back to doing things that made us successful,
win close games, and battle,” Bezold said. “I don’t
have a magic wand. I really don’t. It just takes toughness
and right now we’re showing a lot of cracks that we didn’t
have the first 16 games. We’re on the bench thinking how in
the heck we won 16 games. How did we win 16 games playing like this?
It’s frustrating for everybody but, you know what? We better
figure it out or the season is going to be over in the next couple
The Norse will
host Indianapolis Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the final regular-season
basketball game inside Regents Hall.