Nov. 25, 2002


Norse (2-0) play 7:30 p.m. road game against Thomas More (1-1)

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will travel to Crestview Hills, Ky., this Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve game at Thomas More College (1-1).

NKU - now 2-0 after posting a 90-65 victory over Kentucky State University in the championship game of the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic on Saturday - leads the all-time series with Thomas More, 25-5. The Norse also own 16 consecutive victories over the Division III Saints, with an average margin of victory of 21.9 points per game during that streak.

NKU has not lost to Thomas More since the 1980-81 season, when the Saints defeated the Norse by a 61-52 score in Regents Hall.

KELSEY EARNS MVP HONORS: NKU sophomore guard Mike Kelsey earned most valuable player honors during the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic by pouring in 23 points against Kentucky State. Kelsey, who made six three-point shots against Kentucky State, averages 17.0 points per game and has connected on 9 of 16 three-point attempts this season.

INSTANT OFFENSE: Senior guard Brenden Stowers and senior forward Quentin Smith both earned All-Tournament honors for the Norse during the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. Stowers and Smith came off the bench to provide the Norse with instant offense and combined for 24.5 points per game during the tournament.

Stowers averages 13.5 ppg and leads NKU in assists (4.0 apg). He also averages 2.5 steals and has made 16 of 21 (76.2 percent) free throw attempts.

Smith, in his first season with the Norse, averages 11.0 ppg and 7.0 rebounds per contest. He is also shooting 56.3 percent from the field and has three assists.

RUPE GETS DEFENSIVE: Junior center Jesse Rupe, who averages 10.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg, was named the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic’s best defensive player last weekend. Rupe had three steals and two blocked shots in the two games.

STRENGTH IN THE POST: Senior center Chris Seabrooks averages 7.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg, and he has made 66.7 percent of his shots from the field. Seabrooks also has two blocked shots and leads NKU with four offensive rebounds.

NO EASY SHOTS: NKU is limiting the opposition to just 36.8 percent shooting from the field. The Norse, meanwhile, have made 54.8 percent of their shots from the field. NKU is also shooting 51.5 percent from three-point range.

ABOUT THOMAS MORE: The Saints are 1-1 after dropping an 81-73 decision to North Carolina Wesleyan last Saturday. Thomas More also owns a 64-60 victory over Virginia Wesleyan this season.

Senior guard Kyle Booth averages 14.0 ppg and is Thomas More’s leading scorer. Sophomore center Chad Wachs averages 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Saints.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST THOMAS MORE: On Nov. 21, 2001, Bobby St-Preux scored 17 points as NKU defeated Thomas More, 95-50, in Regents Hall. Carl Mitchell added 16 points for NKU, and Craig Sanders finished with 13 points.

NKU limited Thomas More to just 29.7 percent shooting from the field. Jesse Rupe scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds for NKU, which forced Thomas More into 23 turnovers. Brenden Stowers added 11 points for the Norse.

RECORD-SETTING GAME: On Nov. 19, 1999, in the first round of the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic, Craig Sanders and Brian Lawhon each scored 15 points as NKU defeated Thomas More, 120-66, in Regents Hall. It was the largest margin of victory (+54) in Norse men’s basketball history.

NKU OPENS GLVC PLAY THIS WEEKEND: NKU will begin Great Lakes Valley Conference action at 3:15 p.m. Saturday when Quincy University visits Regents Hall. The Norse will also play host to the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 2.


Quentin Smith