Billy Finnell drives for a basket against Drury earlier this
season. Finnell is second on the team with 58 assists and
averages 3.2 points per game. The junior guard is a Purcell
Marian High School graduate.
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University begins a five-game homestand
Thursday night when Lewis visits Regents Hall for a Great Lakes
Valley Conference battle at 7:45 p.m.
NKU is 14-3
overall and is in first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference
East Division with an 8-2 record. The Norse posted an 84-53 win
at Missouri S&T last Saturday.
NKU plays host
to Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. The Rangers were
the preseason favorite to win the GLVC East title.
game will be televised live on ICN-6.
STAY: NKU entered the NCAA Division II national rankings
last week for the first time in five years, but a loss at Missouri-St.
Louis dropped the Norse out of the poll when it was released Tuesday.
NKU had been ranked 25th nationally last week, its first appearance
in the poll since March 11, 2003.
GALORE: NKU knocked down 16 shots from 3-point range in
its win over Missouri S&T. Mark Hawkins and Dennis Gagai each
scored 14 points off the bench in that win. Hawkins and Gagai buried
four 3-pointers apiece to key the victory. Anthony Teague hit a
trio of 3-pointers for the Norse, while teammate DeAaron Williams
drained a pair of treys.
to lead the GLVC in 3-point shooting at 54.8 percent. The freshman
guard is 46-for-84 this season from behind the arc and leads NKU
in scoring at 13.1 points per game. As a team, the Norse still lead
the GLVC in 3-pointers made per game at 10.18. NKU is also No. 1
in the GLVC in 3-point shooting percentage at .421.
NEARS 70: NKU head coach Dave Bezold enters Thursday’s
game with a 69-38 record in his fourth season. He figures to reach
the 70-win plateau faster than any other coach in Norse history.
Former NKU head coach Mike Beitzel reached 70 wins in the middle
of his fifth season (117 games) and is currently the fastest to
70 victories with the Norse.
HAWK WARMS UP: NKU senior guard Mark Hawkins averaged 12.0
points on the Missouri road trip. For the season, Hawkins is scoring
4.4 ppg and has connected on 15 3-pointers.
CAN SHOOT IT: NKU features seven players who have made
at least 10 shots from 3-point range this season.
LEWIS: The Flyers are 13-4 overall, 6-3 in the GLVC. Junior
forward Jason Genova averages 18.5 ppg and has made 43 3-point field
goals. The Flyers also feature senior forward Stephan Bolt, an inside
force who averages 17.1 ppg and 10.4 rebounds per game. Bolt is
also shooting 61.2 percent from the field.
LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: On Feb. 8, 2007, five players
scored in double figures as NKU posted an 82-66 win over Lewis in
Regents Hall. Steven Wright led NKU with 23 points, nine rebounds
and seven assists. Kevin Schappell came off the bench to add 13,
with all four of his field goals coming from 3-point range. Billy
Finnell also chipped in 13, while James Cripe and Vincent Humphrey
each had 12 points.
In the first
meeting last season at Romeoville, Ill., NKU held off a late Lewis
comeback and defeated the Flyers, 72-66. Schappell led NKU with
UW-PARKSIDE: The Rangers are 12-5 overall, 5-4 in the GLVC.
Junior forward LaVontay Fenderson averages 14.4 ppg to lead Wisconsin-Parkside.
Senior guard Kyle Clark is scoring 10.5 ppg, while senior guard
Tyrone Deacon averages 10.4 ppg.
LAST TIME AGAINST UW-PARKSIDE: Steven Wright scored 15
of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead NKU to a 70-66
win over Wisconsin-Parkside on Feb. 10, 2007, in Regents Hall. The
Rangers fell to 0-for-12 all-time in Regents Hall after watching
NKU rally from a 13-point deficit for the win. The Norse held the
visitors to 39.1 percent shooting from the field during the second
half to pull out the victory.
scored just five points during the final 6:02 of the game, allowing
NKU to overcome a 61-56 deficit. Wright delivered five straight
points, including a clutch 3-pointer from way outside, to even the
score at 61-all. The Rangers battled back and took their final lead
at 65-63 on a Brad Ferstenou jumper with 3:08 left, but the Rangers
scored just one point the remainder of the game.
tied the game at 65-all with 1:20 remaining. Tyrone Deacon missed
a 3-pointer with less than a minute left, and Billy Finnell grabbed
the rebound. NKU worked the ball around, and Anthony Teague found
Finnell alone on the left wing. Finnell launched a 3-pointer that
found the bottom of the net for a 68-65 Norse advantage with 23
seconds left in the game.
In their first
meeting last season, Wisconsin-Parkside posted an 80-73 win over
NKU at Kenosha, Wis.