ST. LOUIS -
Tim Green scored 17 points to lead Missouri-St. Louis to a 71-63
upset over No. 25 Northern Kentucky University in the Mark Twain
Building on Thursday night.
NKU, which jumped
into the NCAA Division II national rankings for the first time in
five years earlier this week, had its four-game winning streak snapped.
The Norse dropped to 13-3 overall, 7-2 in the Great Lakes Valley
Conference. Missouri-St. Louis is 7-9 overall, 2-6 GLVC.
built a 32-20 halftime lead by shooting 51.9 percent from the field
and holding NKU to 29.4 percent accuracy.
line is you can’t shoot 29 percent from the field in the first
half and allow them to shoot more than 50, especially when they
shoot in the 40s for the year,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold
said. “We gave them some confidence early on after they had
three offensive rebounds on the first possession. We battled back
in the second half, but we did not play well enough to win.”
Mark Hawkins scored 10 points to lead NKU, which played as a nationally-ranked
team for the first time since March 11, 2003. Freshman guard Dennis
Gagai added nine points for the Norse, who were 10-for-26 from 3-point
disappointing because we finally put ourselves on the map with a
national ranking, and we had an opportunity to build on that,”
Bezold said, “but the road does this to teams, and we need
to bounce back in a hurry.”
Paul De Chellis
and Paul Paradoski each added 14 points for Missouri-St. Louis,
which converted 83.3 percent of its free throws and finished at
52.5 percent from the field. The Tritons also won the rebounding
battle by a 27-20 count and held off a late Norse rally that saw
a 56-42 Missouri-St. Louis lead shrink to 64-60 with 1:48 remaining.
however, made two free throws to extend the Tritons’ advantage
to 66-60, and Green added two more charity tosses with 33 seconds
left to make it 68-60.
Two years ago,
Missouri-St. Louis defeated NKU, 67-64, on Joey Paul’s 3-pointer
at the buzzer in the Mark Twain Building. The Norse own a 15-6 lead
in the all-time series with the Tritons.
the road trip Saturday afternoon against Missouri S&T at Rolla,
Mo. The Norse still hold sole possession of first place in the GLVC
East Division, a half game ahead of both Kentucky Wesleyan (6-2)
and Lewis (6-2). Saint Joseph's and Indianapolis are each 6-3 in
the GLVC and one game behind NKU.