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Strong first half helps ETSU get past NKU

Strong first half helps ETSU get past NKU (NKU Athletics)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WKRC) - The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team fell to ETSU on Wednesday evening by a final score of 84-71. The Norse drop to 6-3 on the year, while the Bucs improve to 5-3. This was the second matchup between the two teams this season. NKU won the first game at BB&T Arena on Nov. 10 by a score of 81-63.

STATS LEADERS

• Carson Williams led all scorers with 22 points on the strength of 10-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-2 from long range.

• Lavone Holland II added 14 points, and Drew McDonald chipped in 10 points.

TURNING POINT

• Holland hit a three-pointer with 8:03 left in the first half to get the Norse within three points at 26-23. However, the Bucs outscored NKU 20-5 over the remainder of the half to take an 18-point lead into the break. The deficit was too much to overcome for the Norse.

FIRST-HALF SUMMARY

• McDonald picked up two fouls within the first 1:12 of the game and had to sit for the remainder of the first half.

• After the Norse took a 9-7 lead early in the game, ETSU proceeded to go on a 15-0 run to jump out to a 22-9 advantage.

• NKU battled back to get within four at 22-18 thanks to a 9-0 run.

• The Norse got as close as three points in the half thank to a Holland three-pointer with 8:03 left in the half, but ETSU took a 46-28 lead into halftime.

• The Bucs outscored NKU 20-5 after Holland’s three-pointer.

• NKU shot 10-of-23 (43.5%) in the first half, while ETSU went 16-of-27 (59.3%) from the floor.

• The Norse had 11 turnovers in the half, and the Bucs were able to score 18 points off of those miscues.

• Williams led the Norse with 11 points in the half.

SECOND-HALF SUMMARY

• ETSU led by as much as 21 points in the second half, but the Norse cut the deficit to 12 with 11:35 to play in the game.

• However, that would be the closest that NKU would get, as ETSU went on to win by a final score of 84-71.

• The Norse improved its shooting percentage in the second half, going 17-of-32 (53.1%) from the floor, and outscored the Bucs, 43-38.

• ETSU also had a good showing from the floor in the second half, as the Bucs went 15-of-25 (60.0%).

• NKU took better care of the ball in the second half, as the Norse only had three turnovers in the period.

• Williams had 11 points in the half to lead the Norse, and McDonald added 10 points.

GAME NOTES

• The Norse finished the game 27-of-55 (49.1%), while ETSU shot 31-of-52 (59.6%) during the contest.

• ETSU’s bench outscored NKU’s bench 42-11.

• The Bucs also had a 12-2 advantage in fast break points.

NEXT UP

• NKU hosts Eastern Kentucky in the Battle of the Bluegrass Intrastate Game presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com on Sunday, Dec. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at BB&T Arena, and the game will be broadcast live on the CW Cincinnati.

Information provided by NKU Athletics.

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