Norse Wallop Morehead State, 83-60
Tyler White scored a career-high 24 points to lead Northern Kentucky past Morehead State, 83-60, on Friday night at Johnson Arena. White's efforts helped NKU to its second road win of the season and improved the team's record to 5-6.
"We came out with a ton of energy tonight," stated head coach Dave Bezold. "But, I was most impressed with our defensive effort after we knocked down some shots. Our guys did a great job of taking and making the plays Morehead State gave us, then we defended our tails off."
A 19-0 run helped the Norse surge to a 20-point first half advantage at 26-6 just nine minutes into the game. The Eagles used an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 12, but NKU survived the push and took a 49-27 lead into intermission.
By the break, White had already set a career-mark for three-pointers made with five trifectas. He had 19 points to lead an NKU team that connected on 62.1 percent (18-of-29) of its shots and 72.7 percent (8-of-11) of its threes. Tayler Persons handed out eight assists in the opening 20 minutes as well.
Morehead State (4-10) knocked down just 30.8 percent (8-of-26) of its attempts in the frame, including a paltry 10 percent (1-for-10) from deep.
MSU opened the second stanza outscoring NKU, 19-7, through the first eight minutes. But, just as they had done in the first half, the Norse weathered the storm and put the defensive clamps on the Eagles' offense.
Starting at the 13-minute mark of the second half, Northern Kentucky held Morehead State without a field goal for 10 minutes. The only scoring came at the charity stripe, where the Eagles made 10 attempts during the stretch. NKU poured in 19 points during the run and sealed the game at the line.
White finished with his 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three. His previous career-high was 22 points against Southeast Missouri last season.
Persons followed his 30-point effort at Chattanooga with another dandy. The freshman guard tallied 16 points, eight assists and five boards.
Chad Jackson and Jalen Billups each finished with 10 points to give NKU four double-digit scorers on the evening.
Northern Kentucky finished the game shooting 54.7 percent (29-of-53), including 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from three. Morehead State was limited to 35.4 percent (17-of-48) from the field and just 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from deep.
Billy Reader led the Eagles with 20 points, and Corban Collins chipped in 11.
Idaho will come to Highland Heights, Kentucky, on Monday, Dec. 22 for the return game of a home-and-home series with Northern Kentucky. The Norse defeated the Vandals, 79-74, in Moscow, Idaho, over the Thanksgiving break. Persons had a game-high 23 points in the contest. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and fans are encouraged to participate in Ugly Sweater Night at The Bank of Kentucky Center.
From NKU Norse