Dec. 28, 2000
NKU TRAVELS TO PORRECO CUP TOURNAMENT
Norse (10-0) meet Westminster (Pa.) in first round at Erie, Pa.
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University mens basketball team is 10-0 after posting a 105-68 win over Shawnee State University on Dec. 18 in Regents Hall. The Norse are ranked No. 4 nationally in the Division II Bulletin poll and No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region poll.
NKU will travel to Erie, Pa., this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 29-30) to participate in the Porreco Cup Tournament at Gannon University. NKU will face Westminster (Pa.) College in the first round at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29. The other first-round game features Gannon playing Shippensburg (Pa.). The consolation game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 30, followed by the championship game at 8 p.m.
FAST START: NKUs 10-0 start is the best since the 1996-97 season, when the Norse began the year with 12 consecutive victories. The streak was snapped at Owensboro, Ky., when Kentucky Wesleyan posted a 75-74 victory against the Norse.
NEARING 1,000: NKU junior guard/forward Craig Sanders now has scored 996 career points and needs just four to join the NKU 1,000-point club. Sanders averages 13.5 points per game.
CAREER BEST FOR MITCHELL: NKU junior forward Carl Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points against Shawnee State on Dec. 18. Mitchell leads NKU in scoring (13.6 points per game), rebounding (7.2 rpg) and blocked shots (20).
WIEBER GETS DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST SHAWNEE STATE: NKU senior center Zach Wieber posted his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Shawnee State on Dec. 18. Wieber also had two blocked shots in that game.
ABOUT WESTMINSTER: The Titans, members of the NCAA Division III, are 8-3 overall. Westminster is coming off a 91-78 win against Malone (Ohio) on Dec. 22.
Westminster features senior forward Chad Phillips, who averages 23.8 points per game. Phillips has made 23 of 48 three-point attempts, and he also averages 8.1 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Andy Wormsley averages 17.4 ppg, and he has made 23 of 65 three-point attempts. Senior forward Henry Klinar averages 16.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Klinar is also shooting 69.7 percent from the field.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST WESTMINSTER: On Dec. 6, 1996, in the first round of the California (Pa.) Tournament, NKU defeated Westminster, 64-63. Kevin Listerman hit a jump shot in the closing seconds to give NKU a 64-63 lead, and the Norse survived a last-second attempt by Westminster to pull out the win. NKU leads the all-time series with Westminster, 1-0.
NKU IN THE PORRECO CUP: NKU has participated twice in the Porreco Cup Tournament, and the Norse own a 1-3 all-time record in the event.
During the 1989-90 season, NKU defeated Gannon in the first round, 84-81, and dropped a 107-91 decision to Texas A&I in the championship game.
In their last visit to the Porreco Cup during the 1993-94 season, NKU lost in the first round to Gannon by an 85-75 score. In the consolation game, Central Oklahoma knocked off NKU, 103-99.
AGAINST THE PORRECO CUP FIELD: NKU is:
1-0 against Westminster.
2-2 against Gannon.
NKU has never met Shippensburg in mens basketball.
NCAA II MENS GREAT LAKES REGION RANKINGS (Records as of Dec. 22)
1. Northern Kentucky (10-0)
2. Southern Indiana (8-0)
3. Kentucky Wesleyan (9-0)
4. Hillsdale (7-2)
5. Grand Valley State (10-2)
6. Lake Superior State (10-1)
7. Findlay (8-1)
8. Michigan Tech (6-3)
9. Indianapolis (6-2)
10. Saginaw Valley State (7-3)