---NKU’s Harrison Morton

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University’s Harrison Morton has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week in men’s basketball, the league office announced Monday.

Morton, a 6-foot-4 senior forward from Lexington, Ky., led NKU to a road sweep of GLVC East rivals Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan last week by averaging 22.5 points and 6.0 rebounds. He also drove the length of the court in the closing seconds at Bellarmine and hit a shot with 3.2 seconds left in the game to give NKU a 67-66 win. That capped a 23-point performance for Morton, who was 11-for-14 from the field in that game.

During NKU’s 78-63 win at Kentucky Wesleyan, Morton scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds as NKU gained first place in the GLVC East. Morton continually penetrated the Kentucky Wesleyan defense and went to the free-throw line 13 times, converting nine of those attempts. For the week, Morton shot 70.8 percent from the field.

Morton is a 2004 graduate of Lexington Catholic High School. He leads NKU in scoring (13.2 ppg) and steals (30) this season. Morton is also shooting 57 percent from the field and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line. He enters this week with 843 career points, which ranks 36th in Norse history.

NKU finishes its regular-season schedule this week with two road games, and the Norse can wrap up their second straight GLVC East Division title by winning twice.
NKU plays at Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday night, and the Norse conclude the trip with a Saturday afternoon game at Lewis. NKU enters this week with a 19-5 overall record, and the Norse are tied with Kentucky Wesleyan atop the GLVC East Division with 13-4 records.

If NKU and Kentucky Wesleyan finish in a tie, the Norse will earn the East Division title and No. 1 seed due to their two wins over the Panthers this season. NKU will play host to a first-round GLVC Tournament game March 4 if it finishes first or second in the GLVC East Division.