Duncan goes to the basket.
FAN BUS INFORMATION
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team
begins play in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at 1
p.m. Friday by facing Saint Joseph’s in Evansville, Ind.
NKU is 21-6
overall and won the GLVC East Division title with a 14-4 record.
The 15th-ranked Norse wrapped up their third consecutive GLVC East
title last Saturday with a 71-54 victory against Lewis in Regents
enters the GLVC Tournament with a 15-12 record. The Pumas finished
8-10 and in fifth place in the GLVC East. Saint Joseph’s qualified
for the GLVC Tournament as the second wild card.
the GLVC West Division champion, earned the overall No. 1 seed with
a 14-3 record and is the host for the GLVC Tournament.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: NKU is 11-10 all-time in the GLVC Tournament.
A year ago, Lewis eliminated the Norse from the GLVC Tournament
in the first round with an 80-76 win in Regents Hall.
Two years ago,
NKU defeated Rockhurst (71-61) and Drury (69-62) before dropping
a 63-61 decision to Southern Indiana in the championship game.
ago, NKU dropped a 78-74 decision to Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
in the first round. Four years ago, NKU defeated Indianapolis (52-51)
and SIUE (73-62) to advance to the GLVC Tournament championship
game. The Norse then lost to Southern Indiana (79-49) in the finale.
In 2004, Southern
Indiana held off NKU, 83-74, in the first round of the event. The
previous season, the Norse defeated Wisconsin-Parkside, Southern
Indiana and Lewis en route to their first-ever GLVC Tournament championship.
In 2002, seventh-seeded
Wisconsin-Parkside rallied to stun second-seeded NKU, 93-87, in
the first round of the GLVC Tournament. The previous year, NKU defeated
Missouri-St. Louis, 82-72, in the first round. The Norse dropped
an 84-67 decision to Kentucky Wesleyan in the semifinals. In 2000,
NKU defeated IPFW in the first round, 96-65. The Norse lost to Southern
Indiana, 100-89, in the GLVC semifinals.
In 1999, the
Norse defeated Indianapolis, 60-48, in the first round of the GLVC
Tournament. NKU then lost to Kentucky Wesleyan, 111-70, in the GLVC
semifinals. In 1998, NKU knocked off Indianapolis, 85-76, in the
first round of the GLVC Tournament in Regents Hall. The Norse lost
to Southern Indiana, 79-78, in the GLVC semifinals at Owensboro,
THE MENACE: Dennis Gagai scored 25 points Saturday to lead
NKU to a 71-54 win against Lewis, a victory that clinched the GLVC
East Division title. Gagai, a sophomore guard, finished 10-for-13
from the field and made five 3-pointers. He also collected five
16 points in the first half as NKU built a 36-19 lead at the break.
After Lewis pulled to within 57-49 with 5:31 left in the game, Gagai
knocked down a 3-pointer to extend NKU’s advantage to 60-49.
He then sealed the win by making another 3-pointer to give the Norse
a 63-49 edge with 3:44 remaining.
6.5 points per game. He is also 32-for-114 from 3-point range this
TROUBLE: NKU senior forward Leslie Malone notched a double-double
with 10 points and 13 rebounds against Lewis last Saturday. Malone
also blocked three shots and enters the GLVC Tournament with a team-leading
53 rejections. He also averages 12.6 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per contest.
Bezold nears 100 career victories.
NEARS 100: NKU head coach Dave Bezold collected his 97th
career win during the Norse’s 71-54 victory against Lewis
last Saturday. Bezold, in his fifth season with the Norse, is looking
to reach the 100-win mark faster than any head coach in NKU men’s
reached the 100-win plateau midway through his sixth season at NKU
and is currently the fastest to get that milestone victory.
If NKU could
win the GLVC Tournament, Bezold would collect his 100th victory
during the championship game.
THIS SEASON: NKU and Saint Joseph’s met twice this
season, and the home team emerged victorious both times. In the
first meeting on Feb. 5, Leslie Malone scored 12 of his game-high
18 points in the first half as NKU cruised to a 79-61 win against
Saint Joseph’s in The Bank of Kentucky Center. Dustin Maguire
added 10 of his 17 points in the first half.
NKU opened the
second half with an 11-2 run to build a 52-37 lead. Scott Bibbins
scored five points to key the Norse spurt. Bibbins finished with
13 points and two assists. A’Daeron Duncan scored 11 points
and combined with David McFarland on defense to force Saint Joseph’s
Austin Peebles into 0-for-10 shooting from the field and just four
points. Michael Horton led Saint Joseph’s with 12 points.
In the rematch
on Feb. 21, Brandon Mayse scored 16 points to lead Saint Joseph’s
to a 79-73 upset against No. 5 NKU in the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse
at Rensselaer, Ind. Mayse also finished with eight rebounds and
five assists as Saint Joseph’s snapped NKU’s 11-game
winning streak. The Pumas built a 63-54 lead with 6:45 remaining
on a dunk by Marcus Jackson and held on for the upset.
limited NKU to 38.2 percent shooting from the field, including 7-for-26
from 3-point range. Andrew Helmer added 13 points and 10 rebounds
for the Pumas.
19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for NKU. Bibbins added 13 points
for the Norse, and Maguire scored 10.