Dec. 26, 2002
NKU FACES ROAD GAMES IN MICHIGAN
Unbeaten Norse (9-0) to meet Ferris State, Hillsdale
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University mens basketball team, which is unbeaten (9-0) and ranked No. 6 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, will travel to Hillsdale, Mich., this weekend to play Ferris State University (5 p.m. Saturday) and Hillsdale College (5 p.m. Sunday).
The broadcasts of both games can be heard live on WTSJ (1050 AM).
Chris Seabrooks scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds Monday night as NKU defeated Wayne (Mich.) State University, 79-66, in Regents Hall. Quentin Smith came off the bench and added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Norse.
Brenden Stowers finished with 11 points and six assists as the Norse 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.
HOME STREAK CONTINUES: NKU 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.
GREAT START FOR 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.
INSIDE POWER: NKUs inside attack features four players - Chris Seabrooks, Quentin Smith, Jesse Rupe and Bobby St-Preux - who have made at least 53 percent of their shots from the field.
Rupe is shooting 72.3 percent from the field and averages 9.7 points per game. Seabrooks has connected on 61.7 percent of his shots and is scoring 10.6 ppg.
Smith is shooting 55.7 percent from the field and averages 12.2 ppg, and St-Preux (9.8 ppg) has made 53.1 percent of his shots from the field.
DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAKS: Quentin Smith has scored in double figures in five straight games, and he has averaged 13.6 ppg during that period. Bobby St-Preux has reached double figures in four consecutive games and is averaging 12.0 ppg during that streak.
ABOUT FERRIS STATE: The Bulldogs, members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, own a 5-4 record. Ferris State will meet Hillsdale on Friday before facing NKU on Saturday.
Ferris State features 6-foot-10 senior center Adam Anderson, who averages 17.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Anderson, a preseason Division II All-America selection, is also shooting 50.5 percent from the field.
Junior guard Willie Thomas leads Ferris State in scoring at 17.9 ppg, and he has made 30 of 70 three-point attempts. Freshman point guard Dennis Springs averages 12.8 ppg.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST FERRIS STATE: On Nov. 16, 2001, Craig Sanders scored 19 points as NKU defeated Ferris State, 79-71, in the first round of the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic in Regents Hall.
Carl Mitchell added 16 points and 11 rebounds as NKU opened the 2001-02 season with a victory. Bobby St-Preux scored 14 points - all in the second half - as the Norse rallied from a 34-33 halftime deficit. NKU made 59.3 percent of its shots from the field in the second half to pull out the victory.
ABOUT HILLSDALE: The Chargers, also members of the GLIAC and expected to be one of the top teams in that league, are 5-3. Hillsdale was picked by league coaches to win the GLIAC South Division in the preseason poll.
Hillsdale is led by 6-10 senior center Matt Mlynarchek, who averages 16.0 ppg and 9.5 rebounds per contest. Mlynarchek also has made 59.3 percent of his shots from the field and has 12 blocked shots.
Senior guard Jonathon Dues averages 13.0 ppg and has made 18 of 47 three-point attempts, and freshman guard Cory Coe is scoring 12.1 ppg off the bench. Coe leads the team in three-pointers made with 22.
Junior forward Chris Northcross averages 11.6 ppg and has a team-leading 15 blocked shots, and senior guard/forward Brooks Miller is scoring 11.3 ppg.
Hillsdale is ranked No. 10 in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region poll. NKU and Hillsdale have never met in mens basketball.