Mich. - The experience and perimeter shooting of Northern Kentucky
University overcame the youth and inside muscle of Ferris State
during the Norse’s 67-45 win Saturday afternoon.
But it was the
performance of freshman guard Dennis Gagai that enabled NKU to coast
to the non-conference road victory. Gagai scored 17 of his career-high
25 points in the first half as the Norse built a 40-24 lead at the
break. He also buried five 3-point attempts in the first half and
finished 6-for-8 from long range.
someone to step up and hit from the outside today, and Dennis gave
us a great first half with his shooting,” NKU head coach Dave
Bezold said. “We did a nice job of moving the basketball and
finding the open shot. It was a great team effort, and Vince Humphrey
did a tremendous job of rebounding for us in the first half.”
senior forward, finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. He also
drained a pair of 3-pointers for the Norse (2-1), who finished 12-for-26
from long range.
has the ability to be a great scorer for us, and I’m glad
he’s just a freshman because we have him for three more years,”
Bezold said. “We really shot the ball well in the first half,
and that was important on the road.”
buried a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to give NKU a 40-24
lead, and Ferris State (2-2) never threatened during the final 20
minutes. The Norse won the rebounding battle against the taller
Bulldogs by a 29-28 margin. Gagai, who finished 9-for-11 from the
field, also grabbed seven rebounds.
did a great job of driving into the lane and finding the open man,”
said Gagai, who attended West Virginia University last year as an
invited walk-on for the Mountaineer basketball team. “The
shots were falling for me, but our passing is what opened it up.”
Scott Bibbins scored 11 points and dished out five assists for NKU,
which is 6-0 all-time against Ferris State. Senior guard Mark Hawkins
added nine points for the Norse.
Keenan led Ferris State with 13 points and seven rebounds. The youthful
Bulldogs, who start three freshmen, were just 2-for-11 from the
NKU begins Great
Lakes Valley Conference play Thursday night with a game at Quincy.
The Norse conclude the two-game road trip Saturday afternoon with
a contest at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville.