No. 8 Northern Kentucky Ties Record, Defeats Missouri S & T 62-36

Monica FritschCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2012

Northern Kentucky University center, DeAndre Nealy.
Northern Kentucky University center, DeAndre Nealy.

On Thursday, the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team traveled to Rolla, MO to take on Missouri S&T. The Norse defeated the Miners, tying their best start to a season (13-0).

The No. 8-ranked Norse last accomplished this feat during the 2000-01 season. That year, NKU's winning streak was snapped by No. 2 Southern Indiana University, who lost to the Miners last week.

Jon Van Hoose lead the Norse in scoring, burying six treys on his way to 20 points and helping NKU go 9-of-22 from behind the arc. Van Hoose also notched two rebounds and one steal.

NKU dominated Missouri S&T from the start, allowing the Miners to score just eight points in the first half. The Miners held a brief 4-3 lead at 16:43 in the first half, but went cold, going 14 minutes without a field goal.

Filmore Bouldes scored his only field goal of the game to snap the drought. However, at the break, the Norse led 29-8 after Van Hoose buried a three-pointer with just over two minutes left in the half.

DeAndre Nealy played aggressive offensively and defensively. He scored 10 points and led the team in blocks with five. Missouri S&T's Michael Jackson also scored 10 points as the leading scorer for the Miners. Additionally, Jackson led the Miners in rebounds with six boards.

The Miners were only able to shoot 17.6 percent from the field in the first half. They have an overall record of  2-12 and are 1-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Next, the Norse continue their road trip as they travel to Springfield, MO to face Drury University, Saturday at 2 p.m.

Monica Fritsch is a correspondent for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.