Teague received NKU’s most outstanding player award
for the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic last week.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
travels to Big Rapids, Mich., to meet Ferris State at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The game will
be broadcast live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and can be heard on the Internet
NKU is 1-1 after
splitting two games in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic last
week in Regents Hall. The Norse opened the season with an 82-68
win over UC-Clermont on Nov. 16. The next evening, NKU dropped a
66-53 decision to No. 5 Findlay.
IN ACTION: The NCAA granted NKU’s Anthony Teague
a season-of-competition waiver to play another year last Friday,
and the 6-foot-5 senior made the most of the opportunity in the
John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. Teague scored 13 points against
Findlay on Saturday and was named NKU’s most outstanding player
for the two-day John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. He enters this
weekend averaging 10.0 points per game and has made 66.7 percent
of his 3-point attempts.
WINNER: Norse senior forward Vincent Humphrey earned the
John L. Griffin Hustle Award for his play during the two-day event.
Humphrey netted 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds during NKU’s
82-68 win over UC-Clermont. He averages 10.5 ppg and 4.5 rebounds
IMPACT: NKU freshman guard Dennis Gagai leads NKU in scoring
at 12.0 ppg. He is shooting 58.8 percent from the field and averages
3.5 rebounds per game.
PAYBACK: Josh Bostic made sure Findlay gained its measure
of revenge against NKU on the basketball court last Saturday night,
and the junior forward did so with an impressive, all-around performance.
29 points, grabbed eight rebounds and finished with four steals
as Findlay posted a 66-53 win over NKU in the John L. Griffin/Lions
Club Classic. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bostic also dished out three
assists and made a pair of 3-point shots as the Oilers - ranked
No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll - improved to 2-0.
Just eight months
ago, NKU snapped Findlay's 59-game home winning streak with a 60-56
victory during the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region semifinals.
The Oilers responded last Saturday night in Regents Hall in big-time
fashion, winning the rebounding battle by a 30-16 margin and shooting
54.5 percent from the field.
McFarland challenges the Findlay defense during the John L.
Griffin/Lions Club Classic last week in Regents Hall.
from a 32-26 halftime deficit to take a 38-37 lead when Anthony
Teague drained a pair of 3-pointers. Bostic, however, countered
with a basket to give Findlay a 39-38 advantage.
buried a 3-pointer to give NKU a 41-39 lead, but Findlay used a
12-1 run to take a 51-42 lead with 7:01 remaining. Tyler Sparks
began the spurt with two straight baskets and later hit a 3-pointer
during the run.
three-point play by Lee Roberts gave the Oilers a 54-44 lead with
5:43 on the clock, and Findlay cruised to the win. Bostic was named
the most outstanding player of the two-day tournament for Findlay.
Mark Hawkins added 12 points for the Norse, who shot 48.6 percent
from the field. Gagai and Vincent Humphrey each scored eight points
FERRIS STATE: The Bulldogs are 2-1 after rallying for a
47-43 win at Alma (Mich.) on Wednesday. Freshman forward Justin
Keenan leads the team in scoring at 12.7 ppg and in rebounding at
8.7 rpg. Freshman guard Matt DeHart is scoring 11.3 ppg and has
connected on a team-leading 11 3-pointers this season.
LAST TIME AGAINST FERRIS STATE: On Nov. 17, 2006, NKU newcomer
Steven Wright won over the home fans during a 73-59 victory over
Ferris State during the opening round of the John L. Griffin/Lions
Club Classic in Regents Hall. The former Bowling Green State standout
scored 19 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field, grabbed three
rebounds and dished out two assists in his regular-season debut
with the Norse.
13 points before halftime as NKU built a 44-29 lead at the break.
His steal and breakaway dunk with 7:21 remaining in the first half
gave the Norse a 29-17 lead.
NKU shot 53.1
percent from the field in the first half and forced 12 turnovers
by Ferris State. Anthony Teague drained a trio of 3-point shots
and scored nine points before halftime for the Norse.
The Norse led
by as many as 17 points in the second half and coasted to the season-opening
victory. NKU made 62.5 percent of its shots from the field in the
second half and finished at 56.3 percent for the game. The Norse
were 11-for-22 from 3-point range for the game.