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Norse Beat Ball State in Back-and-Forth Brawl

Northern Kentucky traded baskets for much of the night in Muncie before escaping with a win over Ball State, 59-57.

Ball State University's president is Geoffrey Mearns, who left the same position at NKU to take the top job at the Indiana school.

The Norse improve to 4-1 on the season.

Dantez Walton led NKU with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Trevon Faulkner added 17 points. Tyler Sharpe scored 10.

As the second half got underway, Ball State pulled ahead and held a 9-point lead with just under fifteen minutes to play. But the Norse answered with a 12-2 run to take the lead.

As the game wound down, neither team could extend its lead beyond two possessions.

Northern Kentucky led 55-54 with under a minute to play and was able to hold on with free throws from Faulkner and Adham Eleeda.

NKU is back home at BB&T ARena on Saturday for a game against Texas Southern, Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

-Staff report

Photo via NKU Athletics