Sunday, March 9, 2003

NKU lands GLVC title, Div. II tourney bid



The Cincinnati Enquirer

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Brenden Stowers scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half as Northern Kentucky rallied from a 13-point deficit to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament championship.

Stowers, a senior guard from Simon Kenton High School, also earned MVP honors. Bobby St-Preux added 14 points, including a running jumper with six seconds remaining in the game that gave NKU (25-5) the lead for good.

Lewis' Monta McGhee's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short for the Flyers (23-7), who lost to NKU for the third time this season.

"It was a great comeback by our players, and they deserve a lot of credit for battling back from a big deficit against an outstanding Lewis team," Norse coach Ken Shields said. "Brenden Stowers was tremendous the entire tournament, and what a huge shot by Bobby St-Preux in the closing seconds."

The Norse, No. 10 in the NCAA Division II poll, earned the GLVC's automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Norse are expected to be the No. 3 seed in NCAA II Great Lakes Regional and play at Houghton, Mich., next Friday.

LEWIS (23-7) - McGhee 6-12 5-8 18, Holmes 7-12 0-1 14, Real 2-7 1-2 6, Strong 0-4 0-0 0, Hunter 3-9 3-4 10, Piercy 0-2 0-0 0, Callahan 1-2 2-4 4, Wright 1-4 0-0 3. Totals: 20-52 11-19 55.

NKU (25-5) - Smith 2-6 1-2 5, St-Preux 5-12 1-1 14, Seabrooks 3-8 0-1 6, Kelsey 2-8 4-4 10, B.Stowers 6-14 9-9 23, J.Stowers 0-0 0-0 0, Howell 0-2 0-0 0, Rowland 0-2 0-0 0, Rupe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-52 15-17 58.

Halftime: L 31, NKU 26. 3-pointers: L 4-15 (McGhee 1-4, Holmes 0-1, Real 1-1, Strong 0-3, Hunter 1-3, Wright 1-3), NKU 7-23 (St-Preux 3-7, Kelsey 2-7, B.Stowers 2-6, Howell 0-2, Rowland 0-1). Rebounds: L 39 (McGhee 9, Holmes 9), NKU 30 (Seabrooks 5, Kelsey 5, Rupe 5). Assists: L 13 (Hunter 4, Wright 4), NKU 10 (B.Stowers 3). Technical fouls - None. Attendance - 514.




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