Gagai leads NKU in scoring at 16.3 points per game, and he
also averages 4.7 rebounds per contest. The freshman guard,
who poured in 25 points last Saturday during a win at Ferris
State, is shooting 67.9 percent from the field.
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
opens its Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule this week, beginning
with a Thursday night road game against Quincy at 8:30 p.m.
The Norse conclude
the road trip Saturday with a 4 p.m. game at Southern Illinois at
Edwardsville. Both games can be heard live on WIOK (107.5 FM) and
the Internet at www.nkunorse.com.
NKU enters GLVC
play with a 2-1 overall record after posting a 67-45 win at Ferris
State on Saturday. The Norse drained nine 3-pointers in the first
half of that game to build a 40-24 lead at the break and coasted
to the in-region victory against the Great Lakes Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference team.
THE MENACE: NKU freshman Dennis Gagai scored 17 of his
career-high 25 points in the first half Saturday at Ferris State.
The 6-foot-4 guard also buried five 3-point attempts in the first
half and finished 6-for-8 from long range. Gagai, who finished 9-for-11
from the field, also grabbed seven rebounds. The Ironton, Ohio,
native leads NKU in scoring at 16.3 points per game and 3-pointers
made (9-for-17). He also averages 4.7 rebounds and is shooting 67.9
percent from the field.
VERSATILE: NKU senior forward Vincent Humphrey leads NKU
in rebounding at 5.3 boards per contest, and he is scoring 10.7
ppg. Humphrey grabbed seven rebounds against Ferris State and added
11 points. For the season, the 6-4 Humphrey is 6-for-12 from 3-point
range and is shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line. He has
also made 47.8 percent of his attempts from the field and is tied
for the team lead with two blocks.
WITH THE ASSIST: NKU sophomore guard Scott Bibbins dished
out five assists Saturday and added 11 points in the win. The former
Holy Cross High School standout averages 6.3 ppg and 2.67 assists
SHOTS FROM TEAGUE: NKU senior guard Anthony Teague buried
a pair of 3-pointers in the first half against Ferris State, including
a trey at the buzzer to give the Norse a 40-24 advantage at the
break. Teague averages 8.7 ppg and leads NKU in 3-point shooting
at .545 (6-for-11).
EXPERTISE: NKU knocked down 12 3-pointers against the Ferris
State zone defense. The Norse had five different players connect
on 3-pointers in that victory. NKU is 31-for-72 (.431) from 3-point
range this season.
PASSING ON TARGET: NKU junior guard David McFarland has
10 assists this season and only two turnovers. He leads the team
with four offensive rebounds and minutes played with 29.3 mpg.
McFarland is one of NKU’s top defensive players, and
he is also second on the team with 10 assists against just
two turnovers. McFarland, a junior guard from Boone County
High School, leads the team in minutes played per game at
QUINCY: The Hawks are 2-0 after romping past Culver-Stockton,
105-88, on Saturday. Quincy is picked to finish fourth in the GLVC
West Division. Senior guard Andre Muse, who poured in a career-high
37 points against Culver-Stockton, is Quincy’s top offensive
threat. Muse averages 22.0 ppg and is shooting 54.2 percent from
the field. He is also 12-for-13 (.923) from the free-throw line.
Austin Chapital averages 15.5 ppg and 5.7 rebounds, while senior
guard Cameron Murkey is scoring 13.0 ppg and grabbing a team-leading
7.0 rebounds per contest.
LAST TIME AGAINST QUINCY: On Nov. 30, 2006, Andre Muse
hit a 15-foot jumper from the left side of the lane with three seconds
remaining to give Quincy a 70-68 victory over NKU in Regents Hall.
Quincy held the ball for a final shot after Billy Finnell’s
tying field goal, and the Hawks placed the ball in Muse’s
possession. The 6-foot-5 Muse found the bottom of the net with a
jumper, and NKU immediately called timeout.
found Finnell with the inbounds pass near midcourt, and he dribbled
down the right side. Finnell attempted a desperation 3-pointer that
missed at the buzzer, and Quincy defeated NKU for the fifth straight
time during the past three years. Muse finished with a game-high
21 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field for the Hawks. Joel
Box added 14 points and nine rebounds for Quincy, which shot 60.4
percent from the field.
scored 17 points, dished out three assists and blocked two shots
for NKU. Steven Wright added 16 points and seven rebounds, while
teammate Travis Rasso scored 12 points. Morton was 6-for-7 from
the field and also added two steals in 31 minutes of action off
a 40-37 halftime lead when Ryan Walker connected on a 30-foot shot
at the buzzer. The Hawks eventually built a 52-43 lead with 12:57
left, but NKU rallied and took a 62-61 advantage on Morton’s
conventional three-point play with 4:11 remaining.
answered by swishing a 3-pointer to give Quincy a 64-62 lead, and
the teams battled back and forth the remainder of the game. NKU
shot 57.9 percent from the field in the second half to stay in contention.
TO STOP THE QUINCY STREAK: NKU has not defeated Quincy
since Dec. 1, 2003, when it held on for a 75-73 win in Regents Hall.
Since then, Quincy has won five straight games against NKU. The
Norse still lead the all-time series with the Hawks, 16-6. NKU has
not won in Quincy’s Pepsi Arena since a 70-66 victory on Feb.
LAST TIME AGAINST SIUE: On Dec. 2, 2006, Steven Wright
scored 29 points as NKU posted an 81-76 win over No. 21 SIUE in
Regents Hall. Vincent Humphrey added 17 points, including a pair
of clutch 3-point shots in the second half.
LAST WIN IN THE VADALABENE CENTER: NKU has dropped three
straight games to SIUE in the Vadalabene Center. The Norse’s
last road victory against SIUE came on Feb. 6, 2003, when NKU pulled
out a 74-72 decision against the Cougars. Brenden Stowers made two
free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining to snap a 72-all tie and
give NKU the lead. SIUE missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and NKU
walked out of the Vadalabene Center with the victory.