March 06, 2005
Holbrook named MOP as USI defeats NKU for title
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana senior forward/center Randy Holbrook (St. Louis, Missouri) was named Most Outstanding Player while scoring a game-high 23 points and grabbing nine rebounds as USI won its first ever GLVC Tournament championship by rolling past Northern Kentucky, 79-49, Sunday afternoon at Roberts Stadium.
Holbrook, a 6-9 senior center, recorded game-highs of 23 points and nine rebounds as the Screaming Eagles rolled to their 26th victory in 30 starts this year. USI, ranked No. 4 in the nation, has won 16 games in a row.
The No. 1-seeded Screaming Eagles jumped out to a 37-19 halftime lead. USI limited NKU to 6-22 shooting (27.3 percent) in the period. Northern Kentucky never recovered in falling to 14-15.
Freshman guard Carl Richburg (Mason, Ohio) added 16 points on 6-8 shooting and was also named to the five-person All Tournament team. The Screaming Eagles hit 59.2 percent of their field goal tries (29-49), including 7-10 from the arc. USI won the rebounding battle, 31-25.
In the three games this week, USI set GLVC Tournament records by hitting 62.1 percent from the field (105-169) and 72.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc (31-43).
Mike Kelsey led Northern Kentucky with 14 points. Derek Smith added nine points and a game-high five rebounds. NKU shot 40 percent from the field (20-50), but could only manage 4-19 from the three-point line (21.1 percent).
Kelsey was named to the All Tournament team along with Tim Bauersachs (SIUE) and Sullivan Sykes (SJC) were also named to the All Tournament team.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information