Overlooked Morton coming up big for NKU

For all he’s done this year, Harrison Morton hasn’t gotten very much publicity, and for our part, the Northerner apologizes.

Maybe it’s for the best, though. I’ve always said that, in any sport, it’s probably better to have balance in all facets of the game rather than one superstar. Look at Xavier across the river, which has five guys scoring in double figures and is well on its way to a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

With all the hype surrounding sharp-shooting West Virginia transfer Dennis Gagai, Morton hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves.

After all, Morton leads the Norse in scoring at 13.2 points per game. He also leads the team in shooting at 58 percent. He also plays bigger than his 6-foot-4-inch frame, which is important for a team that is as heavily guard-oriented and fairly size-deprived as Northern Kentucky University is. Maybe he doesn’t get the recognition because, for NKU’s standards, he is a “foreign” player, as he hails from Lexington-I know, Lexington is only 80 miles south of here, but considering how just about every player’s hometown is within a stone’s throw of campus, Lexington is a world away.

After last week, however, Harrison Morton should be a household name at NKU.

As the Norse play out their final five games on the road, NKU received a monumental boost from Morton in the past two games. For all intents and purposes, the Norse were getting blown away Feb. 19 at Bellarmine. Morton hit 11-of-14 from the floor and scored 23 points.

Oh, and by the way, his last two points won the game. Morton hit the most exciting shot of the year, taking matters into his own hands by taking the ball the length of the floor and scoring with 3.2 seconds left in the game.

Morton rightfully received the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week honors, netting 22.5 points and six boards per game.

With a 78-63 routing of Kentucky Wesleyan Feb. 21, the Norse, which finished in a tie with Wesleyan for the GLVC East, secured first place over the Panthers based off their head-to-head record of 2-0 against them. Morton scored 22 points in what turned out to be an all-important game.

By winning the east division, the Norse got the No. 1 seed in the GLVC tournament, which guarantees a home game in the opening round.

In the post-Steven Wright era, many people probably thought that Northern is still that close to winning the GLVC East as February comes to a close.

But as we’ve seen before, it’s great to have a Superman for one year, but it’s awfully difficult to come back the next year and achieve some sort of balance.

I guess the Norse proved they could do it.