Harrison Morton has averaged 20 points during the past four
games. The 6-4 senior leads NKU in scoring at 13.2 ppg and
steals with 30. Morton is a graduate of Lexington Catholic
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University finishes its regular-season schedule
this week with two road games, and the Norse can wrap up their second
straight Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division title by winning
NKU plays at
Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday night, and the Norse conclude the
trip with a Saturday afternoon game at Lewis. NKU enters this week
with a 19-5 overall record, and the Norse are tied with Kentucky
Wesleyan atop the GLVC East Division with 13-4 records.
LOWDOWN: If NKU and Kentucky Wesleyan finish in a tie,
the Norse will earn the East Division title and No. 1 seed due to
their two wins over the Panthers this season. NKU will play host
to a first-round GLVC Tournament game March 4 if it finishes first
or second in the GLVC East Division.
is 12-5 in the GLVC, one game behind both NKU and Kentucky Wesleyan.
The Pumas meet Kentucky Wesleyan in the season finale Saturday at
The league office
will officially announce pairings, sites and times for the first
round of the GLVC Tournament Saturday night. If NKU hosts a women’s/men’s
doubleheader March 4, the times will be 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. The women
will play first, followed by the men.
The GLVC Tournament
semifinals and championship will be played at the site of the highest
remaining seed March 8-9.
PERFECT: NKU head coach Dave Bezold remained perfect (8-0)
against Kentucky Wesleyan with a 78-63 win over the Panthers last
Thursday in Owensboro, Ky. Bezold is 4-0 in the Owensboro Sportscenter.
ON A ROLL: NKU senior Harrison Morton was named GLVC Player
of the Week on Monday. Morton, a 6-foot-4 forward from Lexington,
Ky., led NKU to a road sweep of GLVC East rivals Bellarmine and
Kentucky Wesleyan last week by averaging 22.5 points and 6.0 rebounds.
He also drove the length of the court in the closing seconds at
Bellarmine and hit a shot with 3.2 seconds left in the game to give
NKU a 67-66 win. That capped a 23-point performance for Morton,
who was 11-for-14 from the field in that game.
Morton is averaging
20.0 points during the Norse’s last four games. He leads NKU
in scoring (13.2 ppg) and steals (30). He is also shooting 57 percent
from the field and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line. He enters
this week with 843 career points, which ranks 36th in Norse history.
Morton needs three points to pass Terry Hairston (845 points) for
35th place and six points to pass George Smith (848 points) for
34th place on NKU’s all-time scoring list.
CLOSES IN ON NATIONAL TITLE: NKU junior guard David McFarland
continues to be No. 1 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio
at 5.64. McFarland has dished out 79 assists against just 14 turnovers
STAYS NO. 1: NKU sophomore guard Scott Bibbins continues
to lead the GLVC in free-throw percentage at .939. Bibbins has converted
62 of 66 attempts this season.
WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: The Rangers are 14-11 overall, 7-10
in the GLVC. Wisconsin-Parkside - the preseason favorite to win
the East Division - has been eliminated from GLVC Tournament contention.
The Rangers feature junior forward LaVontay Fenderson, who averages
15.1 ppg. Senior guard/forward Kyle Clark is scoring 11.1 ppg, while
teammate Brad Ferstenou averages 10.3 ppg and 5.1 rebounds per contest.
Senior guard Tyrone Deacon averages 10.1 ppg for the Rangers, who
are 11-3 at home this season.
LAST TIME AGAINST WISCONSIN-PARKSIDE: Earlier this season
on Feb. 2 in Regents Hall, NKU rallied from a five-point deficit
in the second half to post a 74-67 victory over the Rangers. Harrison
Morton led NKU with 17 points, while teammates Vincent Humphrey
and Anthony Teague each netted 15 points. Morton scored six points
during a 10-1 run that helped the Norse turn a 58-53 deficit into
a 63-59 lead.
LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: Earlier this season on Jan. 31
in Regents Hall, Harrison Morton and Anthony Teague each scored
14 points as NKU defeated Lewis, 74-68. Dennis Gagai hit a 3-pointer
with 13:20 left in the game to give the Norse their first lead of
the second half, 48-47, and the advantage held up. Scott Bibbins
added 12 points and made all eight of his free-throw attempts for
scored 11 in the first half for the Flyers and finished with 15
points. Dennis Thomas Jr. led the Flyers with 24 points and was
9-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range.