- Kyle Clark scored 20 points as Wisconsin-Parkside posted an 80-70
win over Northern Kentucky University on Thursday night in DeSimone
Dave Keane added
13 points as the Rangers knocked NKU out of first place in the Great
Lakes Valley Conference East Division. The Norse, who dropped to
19-6 overall, 13-5 in the GLVC, entered the game tied for first
place with Kentucky Wesleyan in the GLVC East.
gained sole possession of first place Thursday night with an 87-74
win at Indianapolis. NKU is assured of a home game next Tuesday
night in the first round of the GLVC Tournament.
must win at Lewis and Kentucky Wesleyan has to lose at Saint Joseph’s
in the regular-season finales Saturday if the Norse are to repeat
as GLVC East Division champions. If NKU and Kentucky Wesleyan finish
in a tie, the Norse earn the No. 1 seed from the GLVC East due to
a pair of wins against the Panthers.
some wide-open jump shots and layups early in the game, and they
took advantage of it and scored some points in transition,”
NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “If you don’t make
driving layups, which we were missing, it kills you. Someone has
to step up and knock down shots, and it’s that simple. We
did not play well enough, and Wisconsin-Parkside handed it to us.”
who was named GLVC Player of the Week on Monday, led NKU with 24
points. Morton finished 8-for-15 from the field and 7-for-9 from
the free-throw line.
added 11 points for the Norse, who shot 43 percent from the field.
Travis Rasso scored 10 points for NKU.
Wisconsin-Parkside made 50 percent of its attempts from the field
and was 7-for-13 from 3-point range. Keane made a trio of 3-pointers
for the Rangers.
reason, we can’t figure out who (Keane) is and find him defensively,
and he made open shots that hurt us,” Bezold said. “We
told our guys to stay on him, but it happens every time we play
in this gym with him.”
and D.J. Dantzler each scored 11 points for Wisconsin-Parkside (15-11,
8-10 GLVC), while Brad Ferstenou finished with 10 points. The Rangers
were the preseason favorites to win the GLVC East title but were
eliminated from GLVC Tournament contention last week.