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Memphis Comes Back, Holds Off Northern Kentucky, 76-74

Northern Kentucky led by as many as 16 points and had Memphis on the ropes late, but the Tigers surged back to take the lead and held on to beat the Norse, 76-74 on Saturday night.

Jordan Garnett nailed a late three to cut the Memphis lead to 75-74 with just 25 seconds to play and after the Tigers missed two free throws, the Norse had a chance to regain the lead. Lavone Holland II pushed the ball up the court and made a move to the basket, but his layup was blocked by Memphis's David Nickelberry.

Memphis was sent back to the line with 5 seconds to play and Jamal Johnson hit one of two to push the Tigers' lead to 2. 

Holland's last-second three-point shot missed.

Northern Kentucky is now 4-2 on the season. Holland finished with 19 points and 8 assists while Garnett added 15 points, and Drew McDonald put in 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Norse roared to an 11-2 lead before the first media timeout, on the winds of a 8-0 run, hitting four of their first six shots. NKU led by as many as 16 in the first half and went to halftime with a 40-31 lead.

Memphis started cutting into the Norse lead early in the second half. NKU led 44-41 with 16:47 left.

The lead was pushed back out to 9, at 56-47 after Mason Faulkner nailed a three-pointer with under 12 minutes to play.

But the Tigers went on a run and Memphis took its first lead with 8:58 to play, 59-58.

The Norse ended up on the losing end of the ensuing back and forth that closed out the game.

Both of NKU's losses this season have been by two points.

The Norse return home on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. date with Berea at BB&T Arena.

NKU Women Pick Up First Win of Season

The Northern Kentucky women's team rolled past Oakland City on Saturday, 103-25, giving the Norse their first win of the season in a game that counted as an exhibition for the Mighty Oaks.

NKU is now 1-4 on the year.\

Molly Glick and Mikayla Terry had 18 points each to lead all scorers. Chyna Anthony added a career-high 16 points and 9 reboinds. Samari Mowbray scored 14 points. Grayson Rose added 10.

The Norse head to Deland, Fla., for a Wednesday match-up with former Atlantic Sun rival Stetson at 5 p.m.

-Staff report