NKU falls to nation’s top-ranked team

OWENSBORO, Ky. – Tyrus Boswell scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots Saturday night as the Kentucky Wesleyan College men’s basketball team defeated Northern Kentucky University, 99-76, at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

Chris Landry also recorded a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) as Kentucky Wesleyan – the nation’s top-ranked team in the NCAA Division II poll – won its 36th consecutive home game and improved to 24-1 overall, 18-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Panthers shot 54.8 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 47-29 margin. Craig Sanders scored 25 points for NKU, which dropped to 17-7 overall, 13-5 in the GLVC. Sanders also extended his school-record streak of consecutive games in double figures to 44. Brenden Stowers added 18 points and eight assists for the Norse.

NKU has now dropped 16 consecutive games to Kentucky Wesleyan in the Owensboro Sportscenter. The Norse have not beaten Kentucky Wesleyan in the Owensboro Sportscenter since Feb. 11, 1988, when NKU posted a 93-85 victory over the Panthers.

Carl Mitchell finished with 16 points for NKU, which is ranked No. 5 in the latest NCAA II Great Lakes Region poll. The top six teams will qualify for the NCAA Division II Tournament in March.

NKU will return home and play host to the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 7:45 p.m. Thursday night in Regents Hall. The Norse will close out the home portion of their 2001-02 schedule next Saturday afternoon with a 3:15 p.m. game against Quincy (Ill.) University.