Genova (30) battles NKU’s Vincent Humphrey for a rebound
during the second half of Lewis’ 80-76 win over the
Norse. Genova led Lewis with 21 points, while Humphrey scored
12 points for NKU.
Ky. - Jason Genova's 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining in the
game snapped a 72-all tie and helped Lewis upset Northern Kentucky
University, 80-76, Tuesday night in the first round of the Great
Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Regents Hall.
made four free throws in the final 21 seconds to seal the win for
Lewis, which improved to 19-9. The Flyers rallied from an 11-point
deficit in the first half and tied the score at the break at 42-all.
NKU, which entered
the GLVC Tournament as the No. 1 seed from the East Division, was
10-for-17 from 3-point range in the first half but could not pull
away from the Flyers.
first half, we could not stop anybody and that has been a concern
of mine for about two weeks now since we left Kentucky Wesleyan
- not playing solid defense at all,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold
said. “Teams have been shooting over 50 percent against us
in every half against us. I’m not sure what the cure is, but
you can’t win in the postseason without defending and we haven’t
proved that we can do that on a regular, consistent basis.
is one frustrating part and another was tonight, when we had a number
of 8-10 point leads, and we were unable to hold on or build on it.
Every time that we did it, we’d have a breakdown, a silly
foul or something not happen properly. At the end of the game, we
make an absolutely poor decision offensively, and then we make such
a terrible mistake defensively - that’s what got us.”
The Norse defeated
Lewis both times in the regular season and had beaten the Flyers
seven consecutive times going into Tuesday night’s game.
Genova led Lewis
with 21 points, and Stephan Bolt added 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Harrison Morton scored 21 points to lead NKU (20-7), which will
find out Sunday night if it qualifies for the NCAA Division II Tournament.
added 16 points and four assists for the Norse, who shot 51.9 percent
from the field. Vincent Humphrey scored 12 points and grabbed seven
rebounds, while Anthony Teague added 10 points off the bench.
It marked the
final time NKU will play in Regents Hall, which has not been a kind
place for the Norse the past month. Bellarmine, Saint Joseph’s
and Lewis all defeated NKU on its home floor in the last month.
happy we had the home-court advantage? Sure, but we’ve lost
three out of our last four home games,” Bezold said. “I’d
rather be out on the road right now."