Sunday, January 11, 2004

NKU stuns top-ranked So. Indiana


Area colleges

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Mike Kelsey scored 24 points, including a key late basket, as Northern Kentucky upset Southern Indiana 81-80 Saturday at Regents Hall.

Southern Indiana, ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II poll, had a chance to send the game to overtime with 2.6 seconds remaining after John Oden drew a foul attempting a layup. Oden hit the first free throw to make it 81-80, but after an NKU timeout, he missed the second attempt.

NKU (11-6, 4-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference) rallied from a 77-73 deficit with 4:43 remaining in the game to take a 78-77 lead with 1:54 left on a jumper by Sean Rowland. Kelsey gave the Norse an 80-77 advantage with 1:12 remaining.

After Oden's basket cut the deficit to 80-79 with 32 seconds left, NKU was called for a five-second violation and Southern Indiana regained possession underneath its own basket. Joe Gordon missed a leaning jumper, and Rowland was fouled with 21 seconds left. Rowland converted one free throw to give NKU an 81-79 lead.

Oden led Southern Indiana (12-3 overall, 5-3 GLVC) with 31 points.

Mount St. Joseph 64, Manchester 60

Senior forward Tom Luther scored 21 points as the Mount (7-6, 1-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) snapped a five-game losing streak. Paul Volkerding added 16 points for the Lions.

Women

NKU 83, Southern Indiana 74

Connie Myers scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for NKU at Regents Hall.

Karyn Creager added 16 points and six rebounds as NKU won its seventh consecutive game and improved to 10-3 (5-2 GLVC). The No. 22 Norse converted 23 of 29 free throws in the second half to hold off USI (10-4, 4-4).

Myers, who finished with her second straight double-double, had 13 points at halftime as NKU took a 39-26 lead at the break.

Thomas More 89, Ferrum 67

The Saints (15-5) cruised to the Ferrum Classic championship and a fifth straight win behind five double-figure scorers.

Joanna Bess led Thomas More with 17 points, Brooke Warner added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Susannah Brooks scored 14 points. Carrie Clift (13 points) and Jodi Schroeder (12) also propelled the Saints.

Tanisha Durham and Amber Triplett scored 14 points each for runner-up Ferrum (5-5).

Miami 88, Akron 57

The RedHawks (8-5) improved to 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference, and senior forward Colleen Day became the 15th Miami player to score 1,000 points.

Miami's Cindi Merrill led all scorers with 19 points. Day, who scored 18 points and had nine rebounds, is the fourth RedHawk player to reach 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in a career.

Lori Krezeczowski led Akron (5-8, 0-2 MAC) with 15 points.

Mount St. Joseph 61, Manchester 47

The Lions (6-6, 2-0) remained undefeated in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and rolled to a third straight win, propelled by Virginia Grace's 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Emily Day scored 13 points and Adrian Vance added 10 for the Mount. Erica Sewell led Manchester (4-9, 1-1) with 19 points and 11 rebounds.




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