Morton drives against Drury during last season’s GLVC
Tournament at Evansville, Ind. Morton will be expected to
provide NKU with scoring punch this season.
Ky. - The final season of basketball in Regents Hall tips off Nov.
16 for the Northern Kentucky University men in the annual John L.
Griffin/Lions Club Classic.
NKU plays UC-Clermont
at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 16 to begin the season. The next evening, NKU
plays host to NCAA Division II national power Findlay in a rematch
of last season’s Great Lakes Regional semifinal game.
The Norse posted
a 60-56 win over Findlay in that semifinal contest to snap Findlay’s
home winning streak at 59 consecutive games.
the players and coaches at Findlay will remember that game, and
they will be a very difficult test for us early in the year because
we lost some outstanding seniors,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold
said. “It doesn’t get any easier after that because
we go on the road and play Ferris State, and then we start the conference
schedule on the road at Quincy and (Southern Illinois) Edwardsville.”
NKU opens Great
Lakes Valley Conference action Nov. 29 at Quincy, followed by a
Dec. 1 game at SIUE. Quincy posted a 20-10 record last season and
advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament. SIUE, which is reclassifying
to NCAA Division I status, is competing in the GLVC for the final
time this season.
a very tough way to start conference play. Quincy and Edwardsville
are both loaded with talent,” Bezold said.
will visit Regents Hall on Jan. 17, and Kentucky Wesleyan makes
its annual appearance in Highland Heights two days later.
NKU will say
farewell to Regents Hall on Feb. 16, when Indianapolis visits for
a 7 p.m. game. The Norse will move into their new on-campus home,
The Bank of Kentucky Center, beginning in 2008-09. Members of the
1971-72 Norse men’s basketball team, the first in the school’s
history, will be recognized during the final game in Regents Hall
on Feb. 16. The 1971-72 team did not have a home gym in which to
play games or practice.
The first Northern
Kentucky State College team played its home games at local high
NKU closes out
the season with four consecutive road games, beginning with a Feb.
19 GLVC East battle at Bellarmine. The Norse also visit Kentucky
Wesleyan (Feb. 21), Wisconsin-Parkside (Feb. 28) and Lewis (March
1) to end the season.
The GLVC Tournament
will again be held at Evansville, Ind., in Roberts Stadium March
Humphrey attempts a jumper against UW-Parkside last season.
Humphrey averaged 7.5 points per game and made 42.9 percent
of his 3-point attempts during the 2006-07 campaign.
NKU must replace
three of its top four scorers from last season, including All-America
guard Steven Wright (16.8 points per game). Wright also earned Great
Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year honors last season.
NKU posted a
24-9 record last season and won the GLVC East Division title. The
Norse advanced to the championship game of the GLVC Tournament and
dropped a 63-61 decision to Southern Indiana.
a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament, NKU defeated Drury and
Findlay. Grand Valley State halted NKU's quest for a trip to the
NCAA Division II Elite Eight by knocking off the Norse in the Great
Lakes Regional championship game.
did a great job of leading us last season, and now we need our returning
players to step up and provide that same leadership," Bezold
said. "Steven Wright, James Cripe and Kevin Schappell did a
great job. We do have some good players returning, and we hope that
experience in the NCAA Tournament last season makes them even more
determined this year.
are a lot of good teams in our conference and our region. We need
to be focused and ready to play if we want to have a chance at repeating
last season's success."
The Norse welcome
back junior point guard Billy Finnell (7.5 ppg, team-leading 123
assists), senior forward Vincent Humphrey (7.5 ppg) and senior forward
Harrison Morton (6.0 ppg) to provide offense. NKU junior guard David
McFarland is back and is the team’s defensive stopper, while
senior guard Mark Hawkins is one of the top 3-point shooters in
player Travis Rasso is also back and adds experience to the inside
attack. Point guard Scott Bibbins returns after suffering a season-ending
injury in December. NKU has added West Virginia University transfer
Dennis Gagai, who scored a school-record 1,595 career points as
a prep star at Ironton (Ohio) and earned first team Division III
All-Ohio honors as a senior.
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