Hawkins goes to the basket during the second half of NKU’s
74-68 victory over Lewis last week in Regents Hall. Hawkins,
a senior guard and a product of Finneytown High School, has
helped the Norse jump to No. 22 in this week’s national
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University plays host to Bellarmine at 7:45
p.m. Saturday as part of the 2008 Homecoming in Regents Hall.
NKU enters Saturday
with a 16-3 overall record and is ranked No. 22 nationally in the
latest NCAA Division II poll.
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The Norse are
10-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and in first place in
the GLVC East Division. NKU is also No. 5 in the latest NCAA Division
II Great Lakes Region poll. Bellarmine is 13-7 overall, 7-5 in the
RALLY: Harrison Morton, Vincent Humphrey and Anthony Teague
combined for 47 points as NKU rallied to defeat Wisconsin-Parkside,
74-67, last Saturday in Regents Hall. Morton finished with 17 points,
while Humphrey and Teague each scored 15.
led 59-57 with 6:29 remaining, but a Morton jump shot tied the game.
Humphrey’s jumper with 4:15 remaining gave the Norse a 61-59
advantage they would not relinquish. Morton
hit another jumper with 3:32 left for a 63-59 edge.
3-pointer from the baseline off an assist from Morton with 2:10
remaining extended the lead to 66-60.
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.
71: NKU head coach Dave Bezold owns a 71-38 record with
the Norse. He became the fastest NKU coach in history to reach 70
wins last week when the Norse defeated Lewis.
BEST: NKU’s David McFarland leads the nation in assist-to-turnover
ratio at 7.10. The Boone County High School graduate has dished
out 71 assists this season with only 10 turnovers.
BEST, PART 2: As a team, NKU leads the nation in assist-to-turnover
ratio at 1.54. The Norse have 303 assists and 197 turnovers this
POINTS: NKU sophomore guard Scott Bibbins has made a GLVC-leading
93.9 percent of his free throws. Bibbins is 46-for-49 going into
Saturday’s game. He also averages 9.1 points per game.
BELLARMINE: The Knights feature senior center Dzaflo Larkai,
who averages 16.0 ppg and 5.1 rebounds. He is also shooting 66.3
percent from the field. Senior forward Jamie Jackson is scoring
12.7 ppg, while senior guard Adam Brames averages 12.2 ppg.
LAST TIME AGAINST BELLARMINE: On Feb. 19, 2007, NKU wrapped
up the GLVC East Division championship by outlasting Bellarmine
in overtime, 91-82, in Regents Hall.
to be in control when Brandon Clifford hit a 3-pointer with 10.2
seconds remaining to take a 69-68 lead. NKU’s Billy Finnell,
however, drove the length of the court and attempted a double-clutching
layup. Finnell was fouled going up, and he hit the first of two
free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining to force overtime.
In the extra
frame, NKU hit 12-of-15 free throws to ice the game. Sixteen of
Kevin Schappell's 18 points came in the second half, while Vincent
Humphrey added 18 points and a team-leading nine rebounds.
NKU with a career-high 21 points. Steven Wright chipped in 17 points,
while James Cripe added 12 points. Clifford scored 25 of his game-high
27 points for Bellarmine in the second half and overtime.
In their first
meeting last season at Louisville, Ky., Clifford scored 17 points
and grabbed 15 rebounds as Bellarmine defeated NKU, 78-66. Cripe
led NKU with 17 points.
NIGHT: On Feb. 14, 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.