Ill. - Harrison Morton scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds
as Northern Kentucky University won its second straight Great Lakes
Valley Conference East Division championship with an 88-78 victory
at Lewis on Saturday.
added 17 points as NKU improved to 20-6 overall, 14-5 in the GLVC.
The Norse earned the East Division title when Saint Joseph’s
knocked off Kentucky Wesleyan, 71-67, Saturday.
NKU and Kentucky
Wesleyan each finished with 14-5 GLVC records, but the Norse swept
both games from the Panthers this season to earn the East Division
title and No. 1 seed in the GLVC Tournament. NKU will meet Lewis
at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in Regents Hall.
a great feeling to repeat as GLVC East champions, and we did it
against a very good Lewis team that never quit,” NKU head
coach Dave Bezold said. “Anthony Teague shot the ball very
well and really provided us with a big boost. Harrison Morton was
very aggressive and continued his outstanding play.”
scored 16 points for NKU, which made 59.2 percent of its shots from
the field. Morton finished 9-for-10 from the field and made all
eight of his free throws. NKU began the game by hitting five 3-pointers
in the first four minutes to build a 17-6 lead. Vincent Humphrey
buried a pair of treys to spark the early spurt.
The Norse led
by as many as 23 points in the second half and coasted to their
second straight 20-win season. It earned NKU a rematch with Lewis
in just three days in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament,
and a final chance to play in Regents Hall.
NKU will play
its home games next season in its new on-campus facility, The Bank
of Kentucky Center.
a very tough first-round game, and you know Lewis is going to be
ready for us Tuesday night,” Bezold said. “The guys
on this team have done a great job in getting to 20 wins and repeating
as GLVC East champions, but we would like to win the GLVC Tournament
this year as well. That’s the goal, but we also know it’s
not going to be easy because there are so many good teams in this