Nov. 30, 1999

 

NKU HITS ROAD FOR LEWIS, UWP

Norse open GLVC play Thursday night at Lewis

 

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team improved to 4-0 on Saturday with a 99-59 win against Olivet Nazarene in Regents Hall. The Norse made 17 of 37 three-point attempts and coasted to the non-conference victory.

Sophomore guard/forward Craig Sanders scored a career-high 32 points to lead NKU past Olivet Nazarene. Sanders, who averages 15.3 points per game, connected on 7 of 12 three-point attempts on Saturday. He finished the game 11 of 18 from the field. Sanders now has 526 career points at NKU.

Junior guard Brian Lawhon leads NKU in scoring at 17.0 ppg, and he has made 16 of 33 (48.5 percent) three-point attempts this season. Lawhon, who has scored 762 career points at NKU, added 15 points and three assists on Saturday.

Junior forward Billy Brewster averages 11.3 ppg, and he is shooting 58.6 percent from the field. Brewster scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Saturday. Junior guard Craig Conley averages 10.3 ppg off the bench, and he has made 70 percent (7 of 10) of his three-point attempts this season.

BOMBS AWAY: NKU just missed setting a school record for made three-pointers on Saturday when the Norse connected on 17 of 37 attempts against Olivet Nazarene. The NKU record for three-pointers made in a game is 18, which was set against Oakland City on Dec. 16, 1991. NKU also came close to setting the school record for three-point attempts, which is 39 (set last season against Kentucky State).

SHIELDS NEARS 200 WINS: NKU head coach Ken Shields is now 197-127 in 12 years with the Norse. Shields is the all-time winningest coach in Norse men’s basketball history, and he needs just three wins to reach the 200-victory plateau at NKU.

Shields also won 460 games as a high school head coach before taking the NKU job in 1988.

NORSE DEPTH: After starting the season with four wins, NKU has 11 players who average at least four points per game. The Norse have also made 54 of 133 three-point attempts (40.6 percent), and seven players have made at least one three-point attempt.

NKU has also received a boost in rebounding with nine players who average at least 2.5 rebounds per game. Junior center Zach Wieber leads the team in rebounding with 5.5 rpg, followed by senior guard Kevin Listerman (5.0 rpg). Craig Conley leads NKU with 19 assists, followed by Listerman with 17.

NKU BEGINS GLVC PLAY: NKU opens up its Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule this week with road games at Lewis (Thursday) and Wisconsin-Parkside (Saturday). The Norse will then travel to play at Indianapolis next Tuesday (Dec. 7) night. Last season, NKU dropped all three of those road games. The Norse lost at Lewis by an 84-82 score, and they suffered an 85-72 loss at Wisconsin-Parkside. NKU also dropped a 76-66 decision at Indianapolis last season.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST LEWIS: Milosh Pujo scored 22 points as Lewis rallied to defeat NKU, 84-82, on Feb. 6, 1999, at Romeoville, Ill. Josh Virostko hit a couple of key three-pointers to key the Lewis victory. Craig Sanders and Craig Conley both scored 17 points to lead NKU.

In their first meeting of last season, NKU held off the Flyers, 67-65, at Highland Heights. Adam Norwell keyed the NKU victory with 22 points.

THE LAST TIME AGAINST UW-PARKSIDE: Brian Coffman scored 27 points as Wisconsin-Parkside shocked NKU, 85-72, on Feb. 4, 1999, at Kenosha, Wis. Coffman made five three-pointers as UWP defeated NKU for the first time in the history of the series. The Norse now lead the series, 7-1.

In their first meeting of last season, NKU posted an easy 95-53 win at Highland Heights. Brian Lawhon and Craig Sanders both scored 20 points to lead NKU in that win.

ROAD WARRIORS: NKU will not play another home game until Jan. 8, 2000. Before then, NKU will play four GLVC road contests, travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a holiday tournament, and also participate in the California (Pa.) Tournament in late December.