Teague releases a 3-point attempt in the final seconds with
NKU trailing Grand Valley State by a 61-58 score. The shot
missed and was rebounded by Justin Ringler, who made one of
two free throws to seal the Lakers’ 62-58 victory.
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- Unbeaten and unchallenged most of the season, Grand Valley State
survived a tough test from Northern Kentucky University on Sunday
night in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region
Lakers rallied for a 62-58 win over NKU in the GVSU Fieldhouse.
Grand Valley State, ranked No. 1 nationally in the NCAA Division
II poll, improved to 35-0 and will meet Findlay for the regional
championship on Tuesday night.
scored 16 points and came up with a key blocked shot late in the
second half to spark Grand Valley State. NKU held a 50-47 lead with
3:49 left after a Billy Finnell basket, but Jamerson countered with
two free throws to make it 50-49.
made a 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining to give Grand Valley State
a 52-50 lead, and he later blocked a 3-point attempt by NKU’s
Dennis Gagai with the Lakers holding a 54-53 advantage. The Lakers
made seven free throws in the final 1:04 and held off the fourth-seeded
is an outstanding athlete, and he really made some big plays for
them late in the game,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “We
played well in a tough environment and had our chances, but Grand
Valley State has a great team and won the game.”
NKU had a chance
to tie the game in the final seconds, but Anthony Teague missed
a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Justin Ringler hit a free throw
for the final margin.
poured in 20 of his 26 points in the second half as NKU (21-8) took
a 45-42 lead with 7:40 remaining in the game. Williams knocked down
six 3-pointers in the second half to spark the Norse.
is a good shooter, and he stepped up and made big shots all night,”
Bezold said. “He had some open looks and took advantage of
a couple of match-ups that favored him. DeAaron is a very unselfish
player and he has been learning our system since joining us in December,
but he has a great deal of talent. As good as he was offensively
tonight, I thought he was just as good on defense.”
junior forward from Peoria, Ill., finished 8-for-10 from the field
and added four steals. He was 6-for-8 from 3-point range.
gave me some chances to score, and I took advantage of it,”
Williams said. “I felt it, and the shots were falling.”
added nine points and five rebounds in his final game for NKU, which
was 10-for-29 from 3-point range. Finnell finished with six points
and five assists.
led the Lakers with 18 points and nine rebounds. It marked the second
straight season that Grand Valley State eliminated NKU from the
A year ago,
the Lakers defeated the Norse, 66-42, in the regional championship
game at Findlay, Ohio.