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College basketball notebook: Thomas More men earn national ranking; Ohmer excels at Georgetown (Ky.)

NKyTribune staff

The Thomas More men’s basketball team is ranked No. 23 in the NAIA national poll, which was released on Wednesday. 

The unbeaten Saints (8-0) are averaging 84.4 points per game. Freshman guard/forward Reid Jolly, a Campbell County High School graduate, leads Thomas More in scoring (14.9 points per game) and rebounding (5.9 rpg).

Junior guard Keegan Saben is scoring 14.4 points per game, while junior guard Luke Rudy averages 13.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest

Reid Jolly, a Campbell County High School graduate, leads Thomas More in scoring (14.9 points per game) and rebounding (5.9 rpg). (Photo by Jeff McCurry)

Sophomore center Ryan Batte is averaging 11.9 points per game for Thomas More, which is one of four Mid-South Conference teams ranked in the NAIA poll. Defending national champion Georgetown (Ky.) is No. 1, Pikeville is No. 5 and Life (Ga.) is No. 18.

OHMER EXCELS FOR TIGERS: Former Scott High School standout Jake Ohmer averages 18.4 points per game for top-ranked Georgetown (8-0). The junior guard has buried 19 shots from 3-point range for the unbeaten Tigers, who rolled to a 110-83 victory over Kentucky Christian on Monday. In that game, Nico Clareth poured in 40 points to lead Georgetown.

On Saturday night, Georgetown coasted to a 154-87 win over Ohio University-Eastern as Chris Coffey finished with 33 points, 24 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Ohmer added 15 points and seven rebounds in that victory as the Tigers placed seven players in double figures.

Georgetown bolted out to a 78-42 halftime lead by shooting 55.9 percent from the field. Clareth netted 35 points to lead the Tigers.

Thomas More will play host to Georgetown on Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center.

NKU COACHES SHOW DEBUTS DEC. 9: The Norse Nation Coaches Show, featuring Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn and women’s basketball coach Camryn Whitaker, returns to Dickmann’s Sports Café for the 2019-20 season.

Nine dates have been set for the show, which begins on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. FOXSports1360 will carry all nine broadcasts, with the shows this year running from 6-7 p.m.

Following the kick-off on Dec. 9, the show takes a brief hiatus during the holiday season, but resumes on Jan. 6 and lasts throughout the Horizon League slate of games.

(Information compiled from Thomas More, NKU and staff reports)

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