Ky. - Leslie Malone scored 15 points and blocked three shots to
lead Northern Kentucky University to a 72-60 win against Kentucky
Wesleyan on Sunday in the Owensboro Sportscenter.
and Dennis Gagai each added 12 points for NKU, which is ranked 17th
nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. Dustin Maguire scored 10
points as the Norse (9-3 overall, 2-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference)
knocked off No. 11 Kentucky Wesleyan for the 10th consecutive time.
NKU head coach
Dave Bezold is now 10-0 all-time against Kentucky Wesleyan. The
Panthers have not defeated the Norse since Feb. 28, 2004.
NKU jumped out
to a 20-9 lead 10 minutes into the game. The Norse led by as many
as 17 points (36-19) in the first half before setting for a 36-26
edge at the break.
(9-2, 2-2 GLVC) chopped NKU’s lead to 45-40 with 13:27 left,
but DeAaron Williams responded with two consecutive baskets. Malone
followed with a jumper to give NKU a 51-41 advantage.
with eight points for NKU, while Billy Finnell added six points
and five assists. NKU plays at No. 18 Southern Indiana on Thursday
night in Evansville, Ind.