March 7, 2000



Norse (25-6) play NMU (24-5) this Friday in NCAA Tournament


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team enters the NCAA Division II Tournament with a 25-6 record after losing to the University of Southern Indiana, 100-89, in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at Evansville, Ind., last Friday.

The Norse are the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region and will play fourth-seeded Northern Michigan University (24-5) at 3 p.m. (EST) on Friday at Owensboro, Ky. Northern Michigan is the champion of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

This will be the first time NKU and Northern Michigan have ever met in men’s basketball.

Kentucky Wesleyan (27-2) is the No. 1 seed and will play the NKU/NMU winner at 2 p.m. (EST) on Saturday. The championship game is scheduled for 4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.

NKU 24TH IN FINAL NATIONAL POLL: NKU finished with a national ranking of No. 24 in the Division II Bulletin poll.

CONLEY EARNS GLVC HONORS: NKU junior guard Craig Conley was named to the GLVC’s All-Tournament Team. Conley averaged 15.5 points and five rebounds per contest in the two games NKU played at the GLVC Tournament.

THREE-POINT RECORD: NKU set a GLVC Tournament single-game record for three-pointers made during its 96-65 win against Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne in the first round. The Norse made 15 three-pointers in that victory over IPFW, breaking the old record of 12.

WIEBER PROVIDES INSIDE SCORING: Junior center Zach Wieber scored a career-high 19 points during NKU’s 96-65 win against IPFW in the first round of the GLVC Tournament. Wieber came back to add 12 points in the loss to Southern Indiana in the GLVC semifinals. For the season, Wieber averages 7.3 ppg and he has made 55 percent of his shots from the field.

LAWHON JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: Junior guard Brian Lawhon scored his 1,000th career point during the Norse’s 96-65 win against IPFW in the GLVC Tournament. Lawhon is the 20th player in NKU men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points.

WINNING TRACK: NKU, which enters the NCAA Tournament coming off a loss against Southern Indiana in the GLVC Tournament semifinals, has not endured a two-game losing streak all season. Each time NKU has lost, it has rebounded to win at least its next game. The Norse’s longest winning streak this season was nine consecutive games.

SANDERS HELD TO ZERO: NKU leading scorer Craig Sanders, who averages 12.0 ppg, was held scoreless in the loss to Southern Indiana last Friday. It was the first time this season Sanders had been held scoreless in a game.

1-2 BACKCOURT PUNCH: NKU guards Craig Conley and Kevin Listerman have combined for 227 assists entering the NCAA Tournament. Conley leads NKU with 114 assists, followed by Listerman with 113.

Listerman leads NKU with 69 steals, and he is the Norse’s all-time career leader in that category with 298 steals. Listerman also ranks No. 2 in Norse history with 485 assists. Shannon Minor (1993-97) is NKU’s all-time leader with 529 assists.

NKU ALL-TIME AGAINST THE GREAT LAKES REGION FIELD: NKU has never met Northern Michigan or Michigan Tech. The Norse are 2-2 against Gannon, 16-33 against Kentucky Wesleyan, and 12-31 against Southern Indiana.

OWENSBORO JINX: NKU has not beaten Kentucky Wesleyan in the Owensboro Sportscenter since Feb. 11, 1988, when the Norse posted a 93-85 victory over the Panthers. Since then, NKU has dropped 12 consecutive games to KWC - including a 75-64 decision this season - in the Sportscenter.

NKU head coach Ken Shields is 0-12 against KWC in the Owensboro Sportscenter. NKU did win a game in the Owensboro Sportscenter two years ago in the NCAA Tournament with a 78-63 victory over Ferris State in the first round.