Sunday, January 27, 2002

Tristate schools

Sanders helps NKU hold off Mo.-St. Louis

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ST.LOUIS, Mo. — Craig Sanders scored 30 points Saturday as Northern Kentucky University defeated the University of Missouri-St. Louis 78-73 at the Mark Twain Building.

        Carl Mitchell added 11 points for NKU, which improved to 13-5 (9-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference). NKU was without head coach Ken Shields, who returned home Thursday morning because of severe pain in his back and hip.

        “Craig Sanders and Carl Mitchell said before we left the locker room today we were going to get this win for Coach Shields, and they delivered,” said NKU assistant Dave Bezold, who is the acting head coach in Shields' absence.

        Sanders (McNicholas HS) scored 17 points in the first half for NKU, which jumped out to an 11-2 lead early in the game. Missouri-St. Louis, however, used the inside attack of center Scott Kassel (15 points in the first half) to forge a 36-36 halftime tie.

        Sanders, who has scored in double figures in 38 consecutive games, made a key 3-pointer to give NKU a 63-60 lead with four minutes left.

        Brenden Stowers (Simon Kenton) finished with 10 points for NKU, which made 52.2 percent of its shots from the field. The Norse made 16 of 30 3-point attempts.
        Bluffton 96, Mount St. Joseph 90
Bluffton scored a season high in defeating MSJ for the first time in the teams' eight meetings.

        Mike Leimeister scored a career-high 31 points and Rod Overmyer a career-high 30 for Bluffton (8-12, 1-9 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference).

        The Lions (7-12, 5-5) got 17 points from Chris Washington (Withrow), and Joe Toney (Harrison) added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
        Anderson 104, Thomas More 85
The Saints lost their sixth straight, as Anderson had six players score in double figures, led by Derek Ricketts' game-high 19.

        Marcus Johnson (Conner) led TMC with 17 points, and Corey Myers (Newport Central Catholic) added 16.
        Northern Kentucky 81, Missouri-St.Louis 79

        ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Amy Mobley's three-point play with three seconds remaining gave Northern Kentucky the win.

        Missouri-St.Louis held a 79-78 lead in the closing seconds, but Mobley (Harrison) made a layup while being fouled. She converted the free throw to give the Norse an 81-79 advantage.

        Bridget Flanagan (Mercy) scored 21 points for NKU, which rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit. Mobley finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Norse, who are 14-4 (10-2).

        It was the first victory for the Norse after two straight losses with injured star Michelle Cottrell (stress fracture) out of action. Kent State 62, Miami 56
Jamie Rubis scored 19 points on 7-of-10 field goal shooting to lead host Kent State, which went to 6-2 in Mid-American Conference play.

        Kent (10-9) also had three other players score in double figures.

        Miami (11-8, 5-3) was led by 17 points from Kim Lancaster (Princeton). Jana Butler added 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
        Mount St.Joseph 71, Bluffton 55
Christina Brown (Goshen) led four Mount scorers in double figures, and the Lions (8-12, 3-7 HCAC) kept Bluffton winless.

        Virginia Grace (Colerain) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for MSJ, Kori Strange (Princeton) scored 11 points, and Rhonda Meyer (Finneytown) had 10.
        Thomas More 89, Anderson 64
Allison Byars' 20 points led the way for the host Saints (14-5).

        Holly Roberts (Gallatin County) scored 13, including 9-of-10 foul shooting; Bridget New (McAuley) scored 12 and Joanna Bess 11 for TMC, which forced 27 Anderson turnovers.
        Cincinnati State 74, Owens Community 65
Sophomore guard Rocquel Ellis led the Lady Surge with 20 points as the team improved its record to 17-4 and 8-0 in conference play.


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