NKU kicks off basketball season with Black N Gold Madness

Basketball season has officially started with NKU’s annual “Black N Gold Madness,” the first open practice for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The night started off with the men’s and women’s basketball team’s introduction where they came out doing dance routines, followed by the women’s scrimmage and then the men’s scrimmage.

Freshman recruit Daniel Camps displayed his athleticism by finishing the scrimmage with 13 points and a dunk.

After the scrimmages, the students were able to interact with Head Women’s Basketball Coach Dawn Plitzuweit and Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Bezold. The major thing that Bezold stressed to the fans was, “You are our biggest resource.”

 Bezold was pulling for the Norse fans to ‘keep it up’ after last year’s attendance.

 “We need to carry over the momentum from last year [the crowds.]” Bezold said. “Let’s keep it up for this year.”

 Following that there was a three point contest, which was won by Anthony Monaco, sophomore.

 The slam dunk contest was next with Chad Jackson (Sr.), Daniel Camps (Fr.), and Jordan Jackson (Jr.). The judges for the contest were Coach Plitzuweit, President Mearns, and mascot Victor E. Viking.

In the contest C. Jackson failed to make a dunk in the 1st round, so he was eliminated, meanwhile Camps and J. Jackson were tied after the first round, but J. Jackson won in the final round after Camps failed to score in the final round.

The women’s first home game will be against Cincinnati on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. The men will take on San Diego at 7 p.m. for the team’s first home appearance of the season.

*Note: Coach Bezold said if NKU beats UK, UNC, Purdue, or qualifies for the NCAA tournament when eligible, he will jump in Lake Loch Norse.