Friday, March 02, 2001

NKU men advance in tourney

Sanders' shooting carries Norse to 82-72 win

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Craig Sanders scored 26 points Thursday afternoon as Northern Kentucky defeated Missouri-St.Louis 82-72 in the first round of the men's Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

        Sanders, a graduate of McNicholas High School, set a GLVC Tournament record by making six 3-point shots. He made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the first half as NKU built a 45-30 lead.

        Sanders has scored in double figures in 16 consecutive games and has averaged 19 points during that streak.

        “It seems like Craig Sanders is automatic right now from 3-point range,” NKU coach Ken Shields said. “He's one of the best shooters in the nation.”

        NKU led by as many as 23 points in the second half and coasted to the victory. Senior guard Craig Conley (LaSalle) set an NKU single-season record for assists (184) and finished with 11 points and eight assists.

        NKU improved to 25-5 and will face Kentucky Wesleyan, which beat Lewis (Ill.) 91-84 Thursday, in the GLVC semifinals at 9:30p.m. today.

        The NKU women's team will play Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 1p.m. today in a GLVC semifinal.

        MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS — Coleman 5-7 0-2 10, Ross 8-20 2-2 19, Markus 5-9 0-0 13, Love 4-10 2-2 13, Hamilton 0-2 0-0 0, Dumphord 0-1 0-0 0, Schelich 3-6 1-1 9, Kassel 2-3 4-8 8. Totals: 27-58 9-15 72.

        NKU — Sanders 8-12 4-4 26, Norwell 2-4 5-7 9, Clark 3-7 2-2 10, Conley 2-5 7-8 11, Stowers 3-4 4-4 10, Lawhon 1-3 3-3 6, Mitchell 4-11 0-0 8, Wieber 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 24-50 25-58 82.

        Three-point field goals: Mo.-St.Louis 9-22 (Ross 1-5, Markus 3-4, Love 3-8, Hamilton 0-1, Schelich 2-4); NKU 9-16 (Sanders 6-7, Clark 2-2, Conley 0-1, Stowers 0-1, Lawhon 1-3, Mitchell 0-2). Halftime score: NKU 45, Mo.-St.Louis 30. Records: Mo.-St.Louis (14-13); NKU (25-5).


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