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Tough Saturday for NKU as Men & Women Go Down in Close Games

Saturday saw the Norse men and women fall in close Horizon League games. 

The NKU men recovered from a double­-digit deficit in the second half to come within four of Cleveland State, but fell short in a 70-­65 loss at BB&T Arena on Saturday night. The Norse dip to 5­-11 overall and 1-­4 in the Horizon League, while the Vikings improve to 6-­13 overall and 1-­5 in League play.

Tyler White paced the Norse with 17 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Cole Murray joined White in double figures after going 4 ­of ­8 from long range for 12 points on the night. CSU's Kenny Carpenter posted a game­-high 18 points after a 7 ­of ­11 performance.

Cleveland State scored the first basket of the game, but Northern Kentucky responded with the next 12 points to grab and early double­-figure lead. NKU extended its lead to as many as 12 points, 25­-13, but CSU closed the half strong and took a 29-­27 advantage into the break.

Both teams came out firing on all cylinders to open the second. Each team converted its first six attempts from the floor, but NKU jumped in front 46-­39 thanks to five treys during the stretch. Cleveland State used a 15­-2 run midway through the half to nab a 57-­52 advantage. After the Vikings extended their lead to 10, the Norse defense extended full­-court and began causing chaos. NKU forced three ­straight turnovers and used threes from Cole Murray and Brennan Gillis, as well as a Lavone Holland II dunk to pull within four, 67-­63, with 37 ­ticks left on the clock.

However, Cleveland State was able to seal the game with three free throws down the stretch.

The contest concluded a three-­game homestand for the Norse who return to action on Tuesday at Oakland.

Norse Notes:

  • White's eight assists are good for a new career­high. His previous career mark was seven assists, which he dished out on four different occasions.
  • Murray has posted double figures in points in each of the last two games and is now averaging 10 points per game.
  • Northern Kentucky won the battles for points in the paint (22­-14) and second­chance points (12-­6)

Women fall in closing moments at Detroit

A pair of intense sequences in the final seconds ended in the Northern Kentucky women's team dropping a heartbreaker to Detroit on Saturday afternoon, 66­-65. Courtney Roush picked up a big rebound and went coast­ to ­coast to put the Norse up, 65-­63, with 17.2 seconds to go. Detroit immediately responded with a trey from Nicole Urbanick to retake the lead, 66-­65.

Detroit had a foul to give and took it, giving NKU 3.5 seconds for a winner.

The Norse found Roush again, who drew contact on her attempt which missed the mark. After review, the Norse had another attempt with 0.2 seconds remaining, and on the inbound, Rebecca Lyttle appeared to tip home the game winner. However, the officials ruled the play a catch­-and­-shoot and thus the basket could not count because of the small amount of time remaining, giving Detroit the victory.

Rianna Gayheart led a balanced Norse offense with 11 points and five assists. Christine Roush and Kasey Uetrecht each had nine points, with Uetrecht adding a team-high eight rebounds.

All told, 10 different Norse got in the scorebook as NKU shot 37.1 percent (23 ­for ­62) from the field and 40 percent (10 ­for ­25) from long range. Detroit got the action started quickly, jumping out to a 7-­0 lead in the opening two minutes of the contest. The Norse battled back, getting six points from Roush to help NKU close the gap and finish the opening stanza with just a three­point deficit, 18-­15.

Gayheart and Davis came alive for the Norse in the second quarter, accounting for NKU's first 10 points of the frame as NKU came back to tie the game at 26-­26 on a Davis trey with 4:20 to go until halftime. NKU finished the half on an 8-­1 run, punctuated by a triple from Kelley Wiegman, to take a 38-­31 lead to the locker room.

The Norse extended their lead to as much as 13 points in the second half, but Detroit pulled back into the game, outscoring the Norse 10-­5 in the final five minutes of the third quarter before using a 9­-0 run in the fourth to tie the game up at 57.

Rosanna Reynolds led Detroit with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Urbanick added 14 points. The loss drops NKU to 10-­6 overall and 2­-3 in Horizon League play, while Detroit improved to 8-­9 overall and 4-­2 in the Horizon League.

The Norse women return home to BB&T Arena on Thursday when they host defending Horizon League champion Green Bay. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. with the action carried live on ESPN3.

NORSE NOTES:

  • With her nine points, Christine Roush passed Melody Doss for 20th on NKU's career scoring list. Roush now has 1,159 points in her four years in the Black and Gold.
  • Rianna Gayheart now stands 15th on the all-­time assist list at NKU with 297 over her four years.
  • Kasey Uetrecht has led the Norse in rebounding in each of the last four games, averaging 9.5 boards over the stretch and raising her season average to 6.0 boards per game.

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