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NKU men fall to SE Missouri in Mexico
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (WKRC) -- Lucas Nutt poured in 21 points to lead Southeast Missouri State to a 79-65 win over Northern Kentucky on Friday night in the Cure UCD Classic.
Tyler Stone added 17 points and seven rebounds for Southeast Missouri State, which shot 63 percent from the field in the second half. The Redhawks (4-2) used a 13-3 run to begin the second half to turn a 38-36 lead into a 51-39 advantage.
"We were impatient offensively early in the second half, and that led to some breakdowns on the defensive end," Norse head coach Dave Bezold said. "When we did get good shots in the second half, we just didn't make them. You have to make shots, especially against a very good team like Southeast Missouri State."
Tyler White scored a career-high 22 points to pace Northern Kentucky (1-5). Jordan Jackson added 16 points off the bench for the Norse, who shot 41.2 percent from the field.
"Tyler and Jordan kept us in it with their scoring," Bezold said, "but we just did not defend well enough to win this game."
Nino Johnson added 10 points and nine rebounds for Southeast Missouri State, which made 57.1 percent of its shots from the field for the game. Nutt, who came into the game averaging six points per contest, was perfect (6-for-6) from the field. He made all three of his attempts from 3-point range.
Jack Flournoy provided an offensive spark off the bench in the first half for the Norse by draining a trio of 3-pointers. Northern Kentucky was 6-for-14 from 3-point range in the first half but made just 2-for-9 attempts from behind the arc after the break.
"The same shots were there in most cases, but we just could not make them," Bezold said.
Friday's game marked the first meeting between the two programs. Southeast Missouri State is the preseason favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference East Division title.
Northern Kentucky, now 1-1 in the Cure UCD Classic, faces Texas State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Norse then return to action Dec. 7 with a road game at Tennessee-Martin.
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