Vincent Humphrey (5) battles inside against Drury. Humphrey,
a senior forward from Plainfield, Ill., averages 8.3 points
per game and has helped NKU start off 9-2 this season.
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University hits the road for two Great Lakes
Valley Conference games this week, beginning with a Thursday contest
against Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m.
NKU (9-2 overall,
3-1 GLVC) will conclude the trip Saturday with a game at Saint Joseph’s
at 4 p.m. The Norse are in a four-way tie for first place in the
GLVC East going into Thursday’s game.
ROAD AGAIN: NKU has not played a road game since Dec. 1.
NKU is 3-0 away from Regents Hall this season, including 2-0 against
GLVC teams. The Norse are 6-2 at home, with both losses coming against
nationally ranked teams (Findlay and Drury) in the NCAA Division
STREAK ENDS: Drury halted NKU’s eight-game winning
streak with a 69-67 victory in Regents Hall last Saturday. Prior
to that setback, the Norse had not lost since Nov. 17, when Findlay
posted a 66-53 win over NKU.
CALL: Drury’s win over NKU was decided at the buzzer,
and not by a last-second shot. Instead, a charging call nullified
the tying basket as time expired Saturday, and the Norse’s
eight-game winning streak ended in controversial fashion.
Tim Brown made
a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining to give Drury a 69-67 lead,
and the Panthers held on to defeat NKU when Billy Finnell’s
apparent tying basket at the buzzer was disallowed due to a charging
NKU gained a
67-66 lead with 20 seconds remaining when Scott Bibbins converted
one of two free throws. Drury then worked the ball inside to Chris
Ijames, who kicked the ball out to Brown on the left side for an
open 3-pointer. Brown’s shot found the bottom of the net to
give Drury a 69-67 lead.
After a timeout,
NKU put the basketball in Finnell’s hands and the junior guard
drove the length of the court and made a driving layup over Collins
Harris as the buzzer sounded. Finnell was called for an offensive
foul, however, and the basket was waved off, giving Drury the victory.
and DeAaron Williams each scored 13 points to lead NKU. Anthony
Teague added 11 points for the Norse, who were 11-for-17 from the
free-throw line in the second half.
NKU continues to lead the GLVC in 3-pointers made with an average
of 10 treys per game. The Norse also top the conference in 3-point
shooting percentage at .428.
MAGIC: NKU junior guard David McFarland leads the GLVC
in assists-to-turnover ratio at 7.00 (49 assists, seven turnovers),
and that number ranks No. 2 nationally among NCAA Division II players.
The former Boone County High School standout is also NKU’s
defensive stopper and leads the team in minutes played at 25.9 mpg.
Dennis Gagai drives in for a basket last Thursday night against
ACT: NKU features four players who score in double figures,
and three more who average at least 7.7 points per game. Harrison
Morton (14.1 ppg), Dennis Gagai (12.6 ppg), Anthony Teague (12.4
ppg) and DeAaron Williams (11.0 ppg) are scoring in double figures
for the Norse.
NO. 1: NKU senior center Travis Rasso continues to lead
the GLVC in shooting from the field at .696. Rasso averages 7.7
NEARS 70 WINS: NKU head coach Dave Bezold is now 64-37
in four years. 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.
INDIANAPOLIS: The Greyhounds are 9-3 overall, 3-1 in the
GLVC. Indianapolis suffered its first GLVC loss at Lewis, 66-53,
last Saturday at Romeoville, Ill.
leads Indianapolis in scoring at 17.7 ppg. Justin Barnard averages
10.6 ppg and 4.9 rebounds per game. Brock and Barnard each have
made 23 shots from 3-point range this season.
LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: On Feb. 24, 2007, Kevin
Schappell and Steven Wright combined for 29 points as NKU posted
a 68-60 win over Indianapolis in Nicoson Hall. Schappell scored
15 points and Wright added 14 for the Norse.
NKU jumped on
Indianapolis early in the contest and held a 25-9 lead after Vincent
Humphrey drained a 3-pointer with 4:35 left before halftime. The
Norse settled for a 28-18 advantage at the break after holding Indianapolis
to 26.7 percent shooting from the field.
In the first
meeting last season in Regents Hall, NKU held on for a 67-62 victory.
The Norse have won five consecutive games against Indianapolis and
own a 30-27 lead in the all-time series.
LAST TIME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S: On Feb. 22, 2007,
Ronald Coleman scored a game-high 28 points and hit a pair of clinching
free throws in the final seconds as Saint Joseph’s held off
NKU, 69-65, in the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse at Rensselaer, Ind.
The Norse had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation,
but Billy Finnell’s driving shot was off the mark. Coleman
then hit a pair of free throws for the 69-65 margin.
came off the bench and recorded a double-double with 16 points and
12 rebounds to lead NKU. Mark Hawkins also sparked the Norse by
draining a trio of 3-pointers and finishing with 10 points.
and Harrison Morton each scored 11 for NKU, which shot 42.6 percent
from the field. Wright also dished out a team-leading six assists.