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NKU vs North Florida: 1/22 at The Bok

The Norse host the University of North Florida tonight at 7:30 at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights. The game will also be carried live on ESPN3. This is NKU’s fourth A-Sun conference matchup of the season. NKU has defeated UNF each of the last two seasons. The Norse are 2-1 in conference and 5-3 at home. Come on out and enjoy $1 beverage night and military appreciation night.

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Three Double-Digit Scorers Key 76-72 NKU Win Over Kennesaw State

From nkunorse.com

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team took its lead from the “Jackson Two” on Wednesday night in a 76-72 win over Kennesaw State at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Wednesday night.

Chad Jackson scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Jordan Jackson added 10 points and blocked three shots to lead the Norse, who improved to 7-10 overall and captured their first Atlantic Sun Conference win of the season. Jalen Billups matched his season high with 16 points points and seven boards of his own in the effort.

NKU won the battle on the boards, 37-31, and turned 12 offensive rebounds into 15 points. Northern Kentucky’s bench was again a strong suit, outscoring the KSU reserves, 39-8. NKU finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the field, but it was the Owls with the touch from beyond the arc, going 8-for-16 (50 percent) on their 3-point tries.

truggled early against the Kennesaw State zone, knocking down just two of their first six shots as the Owls jumped out to a 10-5 lead. NKU’s defense responded, holding Kennesaw State scoreless over a 3:45 stretch to spur a 9-0 run that was keyed by a Jordan Jackson steal and dunk, to make it 14-10.

The shooting picked up on both sides after that, as Kennesaw State hit 7-of-9 shots over a 5:15 stretch while the Norse kept pace with five field goals in a row. Todd Johnson keyed the stretch with back-to-back treys to extend NKU’s lead to 10 points at 33-23.

Jordan Jackson continued his hard work on the defensive end, picking up a pair of blocks late in the first half, however, the Norse were unable to control possession as Kennesaw State picked up second-chance points on both opportunities, keying an 11-2 run to pull the Owls within one point at 35-34. But the Norse finished the half on a 6-0 run, capped off with a tip-in at the buzzer byChad Jackson to make it 41-34 at the break.

The Norse doubled the run just 53 seconds into the second half, as back-to-back threes fromTayler Persons and Tyler White extended the NKU lead to 13 points at 47-34. Kennesaw State responded with speed and hot shooting, as Yonel Brown and Orlando Coleman each hit a pair of shots as the Owls went 5-for-7 from the field over a 3:11 stretch to cut the Norse lead back to single digits at 58-50.

As the Owls got hot, the Norse shooters began to cool off, going four minutes between field goals but keeping pace at the free-throw line to push the lead back to 10 points at 66-56 with 5:53 remaining. Kennesaw State continued the strong shooting, cutting the deficit in half with a 7-2 run. Billups led the response for the Norse, hitting back-to-back free throws, including a three-point play, to maintain the Norse advantage.

A three-pointer from Love with 55 seconds left cut the lead to four at 73-69, but the Norse stayed cool, and free throws from Anthony Monaco and Billups sealed the win for the Norse.

Damien Wilson led all scorers with 22 points for Kennesaw State (5-13, 0-2 A-Sun). Yonel Brown added 20 points and Delbert Love notched 14 for the Owls.

The Norse hit the road for A-Sun action this weekend, traveling to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to take on USC Upstate for a Saturday matinee. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. with the action broadcast on ESPN3 and on The Project 100.7/106.3 FM. Fans can interact with the team by following @NKUNorseGameDay on Twitter.

Get To Know Your Norse Basketball Before You Have To Jump On The Bandwagon

One day in the not to distant future, the Northern Kentucky men’s (and women’s) basketball team is going to win the Atlantic Sun Conference and make a mid-major run in the NCAA tournament.  It is going to be a surprise to you because you will not have been following them.   Part of that is your fault because you drive by that beautiful arena that sits just a few hundred yards off of U.S. 27 and still haven’t thought about looking inside and part of it is the local media dropping the ball when it comes to reporting on NKU athletics.  You will be caught off guard when it happens.  You will be running to the local sports shop buying up NKU gear so you can run down to the local pub and not look like a fool in your UK hoodie you wear 93% of the time.

It is going to happen.  Maybe not this season, maybe not even next season; but it is for sure going to happen.  Frankfort didn’t allow NKU to build an arena so it can host mediocrity like some of the other regional universities.  Northern Kentucky is not afforded very many luxuries from Frankfort.  They love our tax dollars down there but they sure don’t like sending much back.  Hell, we probably wouldn’t even have paved roads up here if it hadn’t been for the great Gene Snyder.

After the Bank of Kentucky arena was completed, the Ohio Valley Conference wanted nothing to do with NKU.  Also, this television market is one of the top 20 to 30 in the country depending on how you measure it.  You think the folks down in Murray, Kentucky or over in Morehead want to deal with that kind of pressure put on their already struggling programs?  Nope.  That is how NKU ended up in the Atlantic Sun to begin with.  Pure fear from other regional schools.

Lets look at the Atlantic Sun Conference for a moment.  The conference now includes schools from the following metropolitan areas:  Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Nashville, Spartansburg, Fort Myers/Naples, and Central Florida.  Do you think there might be a few athletes in those markets? NKU joining the A-Sun is a coup for the conference in the long run, as Belmont and Mercer depart.  It also allows NKU to expand the brand from the Ohio River to the very southern tip of Florida.

The NKU men’s roster looks like this:

2014-15 Men’s Basketball Roster
NO. PLAYER POS. HGT. WGT. CLASS HOMETOWN/HS PREVIOUS SCHOOL
0 Chad Jackson G 6-4 200 R-Sr. Lexington, Ky. / Scott County James Madison
2 Tayler Persons G 6-3 230 Fr. Kokomo, Ind. / Kokomo
3 Tyler White G 6-3 190 Jr. Lima, Ohio / Lima Senior
4 Deontae Cole F 6-6 200 So. Toledo, Ohio / Central Catholic
5 Jordan Garnett F 6-6 215 Fr. Indianapolis, Ind. / Warren Central
11 Jordan Jackson G 6-2 185 Sr. St. Paul, Minn. / Henry Sibley Williston (N.D.) State
13 Daniel Camps F 6-5 225 So. Fayetteville, N.C. / Jack Britt
20 Jake Giesler F 6-7 230 R-Jr. Ft. Thomas, Ky. / Newport Central Catholic Jacksonville
21 Jalen Billups F/C 6-6 240 R-Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio / Shroder
22 Matt Rosenwinkel G 6-2 230 So. Rochelle, Ill. / Rochelle Township
23 Todd Johnson G 5-9 170 Jr. Elkhart, Ind. / Memorial
25 Cole Murray G 6-7 200 So. Delphi, Ind. / Delphi
32 Jared Bryant F/C 6-7 255 R-Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio / Roger Bacon Chattanooga
33 Anthony Monaco G 6-4 180 R-Jr. Dover, Ohio / Dover
44 Dean Danos G 5-11 175 So. Oak Lawn, Ill. / Bishop

The Norse have 11 players that average at least 12 minutes per game, including former 9th Region Player of the Year, Jake Giesler (12.1 min/g) from NCC.  Senior Chad Jackson was All-State at Scott County High School.  Jackson transferred to NKU from James Madison who went 21-12.  Junior Jalen Billups, who plays much bigger than 6’6, was All-City in Cincinnati in 2011.  Billups does a lot of different things for the Norse.  He poured in 25 against Tulane back in November and is and excellent rebounder and shot blocker for his size; leading the Norse with 19 blocks this season.  The Norse have a young 6’3 freshman starting point guard in Tayler Persons.  Persons is from Kokomo, Indiana where he was a member of the Indiana All-Star team.

The Norse also have three players who are shooting 35% or better from 3-point range:  Tyler White, Deontae Cole, and Anthony Monaco.  Todd Johnson and Daniel Camps provide spark for the Norse.  Both are very versatile players who are very athletic, exciting players that can run baseline to baseline with anyone.  Camps is a 6’5 sophomore who can play above the rim.

The Norse are not where they want to be but they will be someday soon.  You should see where your tax payers went and visit BOK arena.  You can get in the gate for $7, you can practically sit in Head Coach Dave Bezold’s lap for $12.  Have I mentioned on this site before that they have beer at Norse games?

The Norse host Kennesaw State tonight at 7:00 pm in their A-Sun home opener.

Bandwagon jumpers will be welcome but its always more enjoyable to catch a star before it rises.

List of Locals Who Have Played Basketball At NKU – Men

NUMBER – NAME – YEARS – HGT. – POS. – HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

1, 10 – Scott Bibbins (2005-10) – 5-9, guard – Taylor Mill, Ky. (Holy Cross)
5 – Jordan Stowers (2001-05) – 6-0, guard – Covington, Ky. (Simon Kenton)
10 – Steve Meier (1973-76) – 6-5, forward – Ft. Wright, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
10 – Nick Pangallo (1988-92) – 5-9, guard – Newport, Ky. (Newport Central Catholic)
10 – Nathan Seiter (1998-99) – 5-10, guard – California, Ky. (Bishop Brossart)
11 – Tom Schrage (1979-80) – 6-0, guard – Villa Hills, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
11 – Fred Terry (1982-86) – 5-11, guard – Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Highlands)
11 – Jon Campbell (1988-921) – 6-0, guard – Taylor Mill, Ky. (Scott)
12 – Mike Ballinger (1971-73) – 6-0, guard – Grants Lick, Ky. (Campbell County)
12 – Deron Blasingame (1988-1991) – 6-2, guard – Ludlow, Ky. (Highlands)
12 – Chris Thompson (2001-02) – 6-4, guard – Ft. Wright, Ky. (Scott)
12 – Brian Lewin (2003-05) – 6-7, forward – Edgewood, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
12, 13 – Ben Fischer (1978-81) – 6-0, guard – Taylor Mill, Ky. (Holy Cross)
14 – Richard Derkson (1971-75) – 6-2, guard – Covington, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
14 – Aaron Fehler (1997-98) – 6-1, guard – Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Highlands)
15 – Joe DeVoto (1979-80) – 6-1, guard – Bellevue, Ky. (Newport Catholic)
15 – Andrew Vieth (2001-02) – 6-5, guard – Florence, Ky. (St. Henry)
15 – Mike Hester (2010-11) – 5-9, guard – Independence, Ky. (Simon Kenton)
20 – Bobby Griffin (1971-73) – 6-2, forward – Butler, Ky. (Pendleton County)
20, 24 – Steve Howe (1979-83) – 6-2, guard – Dry Ridge, Ky. (Grant County)
20 – Brady Jolly (2011-12) – 6-4, guard – Alexandria, Ky. (Campbell County)
20 – Jake Giesler (2013- present) – 6-7, center – Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Newport Central Catholic)
21 – Tony Faehr (1975-78) – 6-5, center – Florence, Ky. (Conner)
21, 32 – Tony Sandfoss (1979-82) – 6-1, guard – Silver Grove, Ky. (Newport Catholic)
21 – Jeff Walz (1990-91) – 6-2, guard – Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Highlands)
21 – Andy Listerman (1994-98) – 6-2, guard – California, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
21 – Corey Sorrell (2009-11) – 6-5, forward – Walton, Ky. (Holy Cross)
22 – Bob Mitts (1971-75) – 5-11, guard – Sherman, Ky. (Grant County)
22 – Jeff Knauf (1983-84) – 6-2, guard – Covington, Ky. (Scott)
22, 12 – Keith Greene (1992-94) – 6-3, guard – Newport, Ky. (Newport)
22 – Kevin Listerman (1995-2000) – 5-11, guard – California, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
22 – Jimmy Ryan (2009-11) – 6-3, guard – Florence, Ky. (Holy Cross)
24 – Jim McMillan (1971-74) – 6-4, forward – Newport, Ky. (Newport)
24 – Ken Mueller (1975-79) – 6-10, center – Ft. Mitchell, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
24 – Jay Eisenmenger (1979-83) – 6-3, forward – Erlanger, Ky. (St. Henry)
24, 42 – Andre McClendon (1992-96) – 6-4, forward – Covington, Ky. (Holy Cross)
24 – Brenden Stowers (2000-03) – 6-2, guard – Covington, Ky. (Simon Kenton)
25, 53, 54 – Mike Hedges (1973-77) – Silver Grove, Ky. (Silver Grove)
25 – Jeff McKinley (2000) – 6-5, guard – Independence, Ky. (Simon Kenton)
30 – Jeff Stowers (1972-76) – 6-3, forward – Covington, Ky. (Covington Latin)
30 – Gene Scholes (1984-86) – 6-4, forward – Cold Spring, Ky. (Campbell County)
30 – Lenny Bays (1998-99) – 6-0, guard – Bellevue, Ky. (Bellevue)
32 – Chuck Berger (1971-75) – 6-2, guard – Ft. Mitchell, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
32 – Todd Clark (1996-2001) – 6-6, forward – Erlanger, Ky. (Holy Cross)
32 – Steve Purdon (2003-05) – 6-2, guard – Edgewood, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
32 – David McFarland (2005-09) – 6-1, guard – Florence, Ky. (Boone County)
33 – Mike Jones (1976-78) – 6-7, forward – Covington, Ky. (Holy Cross)
33, 42 – Mike List (1979-83) – 6-4, forward – Independence, Ky. (Holy Cross)
33 – Willie Schlarman (1983-87) – 6-5, forward – Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Highlands)
33 – Brian Shea (1989-93) – 6-5, forward – Erlanger, Ky. (St. Henry)
34 – Ken Noll (1973-75) – 6-3, center – Bellevue, Ky. (Newport Catholic)
34 – Jason James (1995-97) – 6-7, forward – Florence, Ky. (Boone County)
35 – Dan Sullivan (1979-81) – 6-2, guard – Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Highlands)
35 – Jeff Blank (1990-91) – 6-2, guard – Taylor Mill, Ky. (Scott)
35 – Derek Smith (2004-05) – 6-5, forward – Silver Grove, Ky. (Highlands)
40 – Greg VonHoene (1972-76) – 6-0, guard – Covington, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
40 – Travis Rasso (2004-08) – 6-8, center – Florence, Ky. (Boone County)
42 – Mark Wilcox (1972-76) – 6-0, guard – Covington, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
42 – Kevin Reinhardt (2003-06) – 6-4, forward – Wilder, Ky. (Campbell County)
42 – Mitch Shover – (2010-11) 5-10, guard – Ft. Mitchell, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
44 – Denny Egan (1971-74) – 6-5, center – Covington, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
44 – Rick Schuster (1981-83) – 6-8, center – Erlanger, Ky. (Dixie Heights)
50 – Mike Vieth (1995-1999) – 6-11, center – Florence, Ky. (St. Henry)
52 – Mike Buckler (1973-74) – 6-0, guard – Hebron, Ky. (Conner)
52 – Andy Burns (1981-85) – 6-8, center – Walton, Ky. (Walton-Verona)
54 – Rob Lohr (1983-84) – 6-5, forward – Newport, Ky. (Newport Catholic)
54 – Tim Russell (1988-90) – 6-5, forward – California, Ky. (Campbell County)
55 – John Gibson (1994-97) – 6-7, center – Independence, Ky. (Simon Kenton)

Northern Kentucky Lets Early Lead Slip Away In Youngstown

The Norse (6-8) jumped out to an early six-point lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Tyler White and Deontae Cole, and held on to a one point lead at the half.  Senior guard, Chad Jackson (Scott County, KY) pitched in 16 and Jalen Billups (Shroder Prep, Cincinnati), came off the bench for NKU to add 12 points and 10 rebounds; but it wasn’t enough as Youngstown State (9-6) slid past NKU 74-78.  The Norse finished the game with 5 players in double digit scoring but went 5-13 as a team from the foul line.

The Norse next host Toledo at home on Saturday, 4:00 p.m.