Norse Fall in Jacksonville, Snapping 2-Game Win Streak
Russell Powell made two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining in the game to give Jacksonville a 53-51 victory over Northern Kentucky on Monday night in the Veterans Memorial Arena.
NKU had just tied the game at 51-all with 5.8 seconds left when Stretch Watson converted a steal of a Jacksonville inbounds pass into a basket. After a timeout, Powell darted up the floor and appeared to slip just outside the 3-point arc, but NKU freshman Tyler White was called for a tripping foul.
Powell calmly hit both free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining. NKU had one final chance, but Glenn Powell intercepted Anthony Monaco's length-of-the-court pass and Jacksonville escaped with the victory in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener for both teams.
NKU freshman guard Nate Snodgrass equaled his career-high point total with 12, all coming on 3-point field goals. He buried a trio of 3-pointers in the second half as the Norse rallied from a nine-point deficit to eventually take a 46-42 lead when White drained a trey with 6:13 remaining.
The Norse still owned a 49-45 lead with 4:08 left after Snodgrass connected on his final 3-pointer of the night, but Jacksonville scored the next six points to take a 51-49 advantage on Russell Powell's off-balance layup with 23 seconds on the clock.
The two teams traded turnovers in the next 17 seconds, with Watson's steal and basket knotting the score at 51-all and setting up Powell's heroics.
NKU (2-7 overall, 0-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) shot 52.6 percent from the field in the second half. The Norse were also 6-for-9 from 3-point range after the break and finished 9-for-21 from behind the arc.
Jacksonville (6-8 overall, 1-0 A-Sun) shot 38.9 percent from the field for the game. Powell's two winning free throws enabled him to reach 10 points, the only Dolphin to score in double figures Monday night. Jarvis Haywood added eight points, nine rebounds and five assists for Jacksonville.
Chad Jackson hauled down a game-high 10 rebounds for NKU, which is now 9-4 all-time in games played in the state of Florida. Jackson also added eight points, three steals and three assists.
Ethan Faulkner dished out five assists for the Norse, while Watson finished with six points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. NKU shot 36.4 percent from the field for the game.
NKU concludes the road trip Wednesday by playing at North Florida at 7:30 p.m. That game will also be televised live on ESPN3.
SOURCE: NKU Sports Information office