Claremore Daily Progress

October 26, 2012

NSU releases 2012-13 men's basketball schedule


TAHLEQUAH — Northeastern State men’s basketball coach Larry Gipson today officially announced the schedule for the upcoming season.


The RiverHawks are set for a historic year, as the 2012-13 campaign will mark the last inside Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse and the first in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.


“We’re excited to release our schedule. We think this schedule will give us a good balance,” Gipson said. “In our non-conference contests, we’re playing some teams from the Great American Conference, which is in our region, and we’re playing in a tournament in Quincy, Ill.


“We’re also rekindling our rivalry with Northwestern Oklahoma State now that they’ve joined Division II, and we’re excited about that. Overall, we think it’s a challenging schedule, and we can’t wait to get started.”


Northeastern State recorded a 5-21 record last season as a Division II independent, and the team returns its top two scorers in senior guards Jon Miller (10.6 ppg) and Ethan Anderson (10.5 ppg).


On the docket for NSU will be 13 home games, 11 road contests and a trip to Quincy, Ill., for the QU Holiday Tournament.


Northeastern State will have five games against teams that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship.


The RiverHawks will kick off the year with four-straight home affairs, beginning Nov. 12 against Northwestern Oklahoma State University.


NSU will then face Arkansas Tech Nov. 15. The Wonder Boys won the inaugural Great American Conference Championship a year ago, and they also reached the NCAA Sweet 16.


Central Bible (Nov. 17) and Ecclesia (Nov. 19) will round out the opening homestand.


Northeastern State will travel to both NWOSU (Nov. 24) and Harding (Nov. 29) before opening MIAA play at home against Emporia State (Dec. 5).


“I did not like being an independent last year, so I’m excited about the chance to compete for a conference championship,” Gipson said. “The MIAA is very familiar to me. I’ve competed against most of the teams in the league in the past, so I know that it is a challenging conference. We’re looking forward to that challenge.”


The team will travel to Lincoln on Dec. 8 before heading to the Quincy Holiday Tournament Dec. 18-19. NSU will face Ohio Valley University on the first night, and then the team will meet either Truman State or Quincy the following day.


The RiverHawks will ring in the new year with a homestand against Fort Hays State (Jan. 3) and Nebraska Kearney (Jan. 5) before heading on the road to face Central Missouri (Jan. 9), Southwest Baptist (Jan. 12) and Central Oklahoma (Jan. 16).


NSU will then get a crack at home against Washburn on Jan. 19. The Ichabods are coming off an MIAA Tournament Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Second Round. The team will then face Pittsburg State at home Jan. 23.


The road will continue to be treacherous for NSU as they travel to Missouri Southern State (Jan. 26) and Northwest Missouri State (Jan. 31) before heading to Missouri Western State (Feb. 2). The Lions and Bearcats both competed in the NCAA Championship last year, and NWMSU earned a share of the MIAA regular-season championship.


Four of the final six games will be at Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse, with the first three coming against Lindenwood (Feb. 7), Truman State (Feb. 9) and Missouri Southern State (Feb. 13).


Northeastern State will then travel to Pittsburg State (Feb. 16) and Emporia State (Feb. 23) before closing out the regular season at home against Central Oklahoma (Feb. 27).