Dec. 23, 2002

NKU DEFEATS WAYNE STATE, 79-66

Seabrooks scores 18 points as Norse improve to 9-0

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Chris Seabrooks scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds Monday night as Northern Kentucky University defeated Wayne (Mich.) State University, 79-66, in Regents Hall.

Quentin Smith came off the bench and added 14 points and seven rebounds as NKU improved to 9-0. Brenden Stowers finished with 11 points and six assists as the Norse - ranked No. 6 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll - picked up an important regional victory against Wayne State.

Wayne State led by as many as seven points in the first half as Morris Hall scored 16 points before halftime. Seabrooks, however, scored 12 points before the break and NKU trailed just 35-34 at halftime.

NKU used a 25-12 run to begin the second half for a 59-47 lead. Adam Howell sparked the Norse run with a pair of three-pointers, and Stowers capped the spurt by going past two defenders for a driving layup.

Wayne State battled back and cut the lead to 61-56 with 6:14 remaining, but Bobby St-Preux ended the Warriors’ spurt by hitting back-to-back three-point shots to give NKU a 70-58 lead. St-Preux finished with 10 points for NKU, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll.

Wayne State, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, dropped to 5-3. The Warriors are ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll.

Mike Kelsey finished with 11 points for NKU, which has won 15 consecutive home games dating back to last season. The Norse have not lost in Regents Hall since Dec. 6, 2001, when Kentucky Wesleyan College posted a 64-62 win over NKU.

The best start to a season for NKU came during the 2000-01 campaign, when the Norse won their first 13 games. The streak ended at 13 when the University of Southern Indiana defeated NKU, 90-75, on Jan. 6, 2001, at Evansville, Ind.

NKU will travel to Hillsdale, Mich., this weekend to play GLIAC members Ferris State University (5 p.m. Saturday) and Hillsdale College (5 p.m. Sunday).

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