Duncan drives to the basket.
Ky. - Northern Kentucky University begins defense of its Great Lakes
Valley Conference East Division title Thursday night with a 7:30
p.m. game at Indianapolis.
NKU is 4-2 after
suffering two straight losses at the OrthoCarolina Classic in Wingate,
N.C., this past weekend. The Norse dropped a 72-62 decision to host
Wingate on Saturday, and followed that with an 86-81 setback against
Catawba (N.C.) on Sunday.
that two-day event ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division
II poll. The Norse fell to 20th in this week’s national poll.
TO THE RESCUE: NKU senior forward A’Daeron Duncan
scored a career-high 20 points and keyed a second-half rally against
Catawba. Duncan netted eight points during a 31-8 run that helped
NKU turn a 20-point deficit (55-35) into a 66-63 lead with 6:43
Duncan, a 6-foot-5
transfer from Coppin State in his first year at NKU, averages 8.5
points per game.
SKINNY ON MALONE: NKU senior forward Leslie Malone scored
14 points and blocked two shots against Catawba. Malone averages
10.5 ppg and 5.0 rebounds per contest. He also has a team-leading
eight blocked shots.
TIME: NKU senior forward DeAaron Williams collected a double-double
against Catawba with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Williams averages
8.8 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
SHOOTING: NKU junior point guard Scott Bibbins averages
7.7 ppg and is shooting 59.4 percent from the field. He is also
6-for-8 (.750) from 3-point range and has dished out 16 assists.
MANY TOs: NKU committed a season-high 24 turnovers against
Wingate on Saturday. The Norse led the nation last season in fewest
turnovers per game at 10.0.
LAST TIME AGAINST INDIANAPOLIS: On Feb. 16, 2008, NKU closed
out the Regents Hall era in style, downing Indianapolis, 70-57,
in front of a standing-room only crowd. Travis Rasso scored 19 points
in his final regular-season home game. The senior center was 7-for-8
from the field and converted five of his six free throws.
scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Norse. Dennis
Gagai scored 12 points for NKU, which clinched a spot in the GLVC
Tournament. The Norse led 38-18 at halftime, surging ahead early
with a 14-1 run to start the game. Indianapolis missed its first
12 shots from the field and didn’t convert a field goal until
the 10:15 mark of the first half.
NKU led by as
many as 24 in the second half. The Norse shot 55.6 percent from
the field, while Indianapolis shot only 35.8 percent.
In their first
meeting last season at Indianapolis, NKU posted a 74-59 win against
the Greyhounds in Nicoson Hall. Anthony Teague led the Norse with
STREAK AGAINST INDY: NKU has won seven consecutive games
against Indianapolis and own a 32-27 lead in the all-time series.
UP NEXT: NKU will play host to Urbana on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
in The Bank of Kentucky Center. The Norse will then take off for
final exams and return to action Dec. 22 with a home game against
Indiana-East at 7 p.m.
GLVC action Jan. 2 with a road game at Bellarmine, followed by a
Jan. 4 contest at Kentucky Wesleyan. The Norse continue on the road
Jan. 8 with a GLVC showdown against Southern Indiana in Evansville,
Ind. NKU’s first GLVC home game is Jan. 10 against Missouri-St.