Norse Fall Just Short in Upset Bid at Texas A&M, 64-58
Northern Kentucky cut the lead to just three with twenty-one seconds left, but Texas A&M iced the game at the free throw line to hold off the feisty Norse in College Station, 64 to 58 on Tuesday night.
The Aggies are ranked #8 nationally.
Northern Kentucky (7-5) was tough throughout the game, leading by one at the first media timeout, and holding A&M scoreless during the final 4:21 of the first half. The Aggies led 29 to 23 at the break.
NKU took a 42 to 41 lead with 9:15 left in the game after a Jordan Garnett three. Texas A&M (10-1) retook the lead and pushed ahead by seven points with under four minutes to play.
The Norse did not give up.
Back to back threes by Garnett and Lavone Holland II cut the Aggies' lead to three with just twenty-one seconds left, but A&M's success at the free throw line preserved the victory for the SEC power.
Both teams shot poorly in the game. NKU finished at 36.5 percent while A&M connected on 37.1 percent of its shots.
Free throw shooting hurt the Norse, who hit just 5 of 12 from the line.
Drew McDonald led the Norse with his fourth double-double of the season, 16 points and 11 rebounds. Garnett added 15 to match his career high. Holland scored 12 for NKU.
Horizon League play starts for the Norse on Thursday, Dec. 28 with a game against IUPUI at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
NKU is undefeated at home this season, winning all five games on campus.
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