ROLLA, Mo. -
The 3-pointers were falling Saturday afternoon for Northern Kentucky
University, and that meant big-time trouble for Missouri S&T.
down 16 shots from 3-point range en route to an 84-53 road win over
Missouri S&T. Mark Hawkins and Dennis Gagai each scored 14 points
off the bench as the 25th-ranked Norse cruised to the victory.
added 13 points for NKU, which improved to 14-3 overall. The Norse
also maintained their hold on first place in the Great Lakes Valley
Conference East Division with an 8-2 record.
this game after slipping up the other night, and we did a good job
of making the open shots,” said Humphrey, who finished 5-for-9
from the field with four rebounds. “One of the things I love
about this team is they tell you to keep shooting. If you get open
looks, keep shooting it and they will eventually fall. That’s
what we did today, and the guys were really making the open shots.”
Gagai each buried four shots from 3-point range for NKU, which began
the second half with a 20-4 run to build a 60-36 lead on a dunk
by DeAaron Williams. The Norse, who entered the NCAA Division II
national rankings earlier in the week for the first time in five
years, finished 16-for-36 from behind the arc and made 50 percent
of their shots from the field.
shots in this game, and that’s the only difference between
this win and our loss (to Missouri-St. Louis) on Thursday,”
NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “It was great to see Mark
Hawkins shoot the ball like that, and it’s a good way to end
a long road trip.”
eight points in the first half as the Norse forged a 40-32 lead
at the break. Gagai netted 11 points before the break, including
a trio of 3-pointers.
drained three 3-pointers for NKU and added nine points. Scott Bibbins
scored nine points and dished out six assists, while Williams added
eight points and six rebounds for the Norse. David McFarland, a
Boone County High School graduate who leads the nation in assist-to-turnover
ratio, finished with five assists and one turnover.
home to play Lewis on Thursday night at 7:45 p.m. The Norse also
face a showdown with preseason GLVC East favorite Wisconsin-Parkside
at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
get to go home and play some very big games next week,” Humphrey
said. “We need to win next week, and those are two really
tough teams coming into our building.”