Norse vs. Greyhounds: Northern Kentucky University Defeats Indianapolis 77-61

Monica FritschCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2012

Ethan Faulkner looks to pass the ball against the University of Indianapolis.
Ethan Faulkner looks to pass the ball against the University of Indianapolis.

Sixteenth-ranked Northern Kentucky University hosted to No. 22 University of Indianapolis at the Bank of Kentucky Center Thursday night.

In the first half, it appeared that the Greyhounds may get their first win at the Bank of Kentucky Center. The Greyhounds dominated the Norse in three major categories. Indianapolis shot 48 percent from the field to NKU's 46.2 percent. From the three-point range, the Indianapolis shot 50 percent to NKU's 33.3 percent. Finally, from the free-throw line, the Greyhounds' shot 71.4 percent to 70 percent for NKU.

"They're one of those teams where if you let them get going, they're going to be difficult to stop." Junior Ethan Faulkner said. 

The Greyhounds were lead by Adrian Moss, who scored 25 points, the most of a player from either team. Moss also dished out five steals and two rebounds and assists. Moss leads the Great Lakes Valley Conference in steals (2.10), is second in assists (5.24) and third in scoring (19.0).

"He's a heck of a player." Faulkner said. "All aspects of his game, he does well." 

In the first half, every time NKU would gain a significant lead, Indianapolis went on a scoring streak and closed the gap. The Greyhounds even led the Norse twice in the first half. However, at the break, the Norse were able to edge out the Greyhounds 34-31.

"We handled it pretty well," freshman Ryan Fleming said. "We can hang with the big boys on a pretty good team."

The Norse tightened the screws in the second half, especially from the free-throw line. As a team, the Norse improved to an 80 percent free-throw shooting. Faulkner led the team, making all seven of his free-throw attempts. Fleming was also successful, making three of his four free-throw attempts.

"We wanted to show them that we're a tough team, that we weren't going to get pushed around by anything," Fleming said.

The Norse were also successful defensively. Faulkner and Fleming shared the top spot in steals, with three, while Chad Jackson scored 10 rebounds, six of which were on defense. Ernest "Stretch" Watson wasn't far behind with nine boards.

On Saturday, the Norse will take on St. Joseph's at the Bank of Kentucky Center at 3 p.m.

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