Jan. 26, 2002


NKU posts 78-73 win as Sanders scores 30

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Craig Sanders scored 30 points Saturday afternoon as the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team defeated the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 78-73, at the Mark Twain Building.

Sanders scored 17 points in the first half for NKU, which improved to 13-5 overall, 9-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse led by as many as nine points early in the first half, but Missouri-St. Louis used the inside scoring of center Scott Kassel to forge a 36-36 halftime tie. Kassel had 15 of his 25 points in the first half.

Sanders, who made eight three-point shots, connected on a three-pointer late in the second half to give NKU a 63-60 lead. Mike Kelsey’s three-point shot at the 1:27 mark extended the NKU advantage to 72-66, and Sanders sealed the victory by making a pair of free throws in the closing seconds.

Sanders has now scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games, and he can tie the NKU record this Thursday night at 7:45 p.m. when the Norse play host to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Brady Jackson currently holds the NKU record of 39 straight games in double figures.

Carl Mitchell added 11 points for the Norse, and Brenden Stowers finished with 10 points. NKU was again without head coach Ken Shields, who returned home Thursday morning due to severe pain in his back and hip.

NKU made 16 of 30 three-point attempts and shot 52.2 percent from the field. The Norse also made 73.7 percent of their free throws and committed just 10 turnovers.