NKU Knocks off Southern Indiana

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – DeAndre Nealy scored 16 points and set a Northern Kentucky University single-season record for blocked shots as the 15th-ranked Norse rolled to a 69-55 win over No. 11 Southern Indiana on Saturday.

Nealy, a senior center from Detroit, Mich., blocked three shots to bring his season's total to 74. He surpassed Patrick Holt's previous NKU record of 73 blocks when he swatted a shot by USI's Lawrence Thomas with 4:45 remaining in the game.

NKU (21-4 overall, 13-4 Great Lakes Valley Conference) held USI to 37.5 percent shooting from the field to win the showdown. The Norse made 52 percent of their attempts and also forced the Screaming Eagles into 21 turnovers.

"We beat two nationally ranked teams this week, and we had a lot of guys step up in this win," NKU head coach Dave Bezold said, noting the Norse also knocked off No. 12 Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday night. "It was great to see DeAndre set the record for blocked shots, but he also did a good job of finishing inside offensively."

Ethan Faulkner added 12 points and five assists for NKU, which won its sixth consecutive game. Eshaunte Jones scored 11 points for the Norse, who avenged last month's 69-68 loss at USI and clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming GLVC Tournament.

NKU is now 53-6 all-time in The Bank of Kentucky Center.

Thomas led USI (20-5 overall, 12-5 GLVC) with 14 points. The Screaming Eagles had knocked off top-ranked Bellarmine 75-72 on Thursday night.

NKU plays host to No. 1 Bellarmine at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in The Bank of Kentucky Center.