Brad Gibson – Faculty Advisor, The Lantern Student News
Photography: EnQiang Rohrer
November 21st, 2022
On November 12th, 2022, the UC Clermont Men’s Basketball team took on NCAA Division I opponents, Northern Kentucky University at Truist Bank Arena located on NKU’s campus in Highland Heights, Kentucky. This was the Cougar’s second game of the 2022 season and the first for the Norse.
The game was a rare clash between the Cougars and an NCAA Division I opponent. UC Clermont, a member of USCAA Division II, started off strong, even opening up a five-point lead about midway through the first half. By the end of the game, however, NKU’s size and athleticism proved to be too much for Clermont as the Cougars fell 89-49.
The Cougars scratched and clawed their way through many adverse situations and their intensity persevered despite being outmatched. Freshman Gavin Rabe led the way with 18 points while junior Greg Marsh contributed 9 points and 3 assists from the guard position.
After the game, NKU Head Coach, Darrin Horn, gave credit to the Cougar defense and their preparation. “I thought they definitely gave us some trouble early in the game,” Horn said. “They did a lot of switching. Really well scouted. [Clermont Head Coach] Steve [Ellis] did a terrific job in prepping in terms of knowing how they wanted to try to guard and compete against us.”
“Obviously, that kid [Rabe] twelve is a terrific offensive player. I was really worried about him coming into the game. They hurt us with some skip passes and getting the ball into the middle early. So, at the end of the day, just over forty minutes, guys like Chris Brandon can be a little overwhelming, I think, in those matchups. But, really impressed with their preparation and what they did to try to attack us on both ends.”
UC Clermont will get another chance at an NCAA Division I opponent on November 30th when they take on the Ohio University Bobcats in Athens, Ohio.
Check out everything we saw at the game: