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NKU defeats Hampton in overtime, 69-67

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (WKRC) -- Jordan Jackson's 17-foot jumper with 0.9 seconds remaining lifted Northern Kentucky to a 69-67 overtime win over Hampton on Wednesday night.

Northern Kentuckys winning basket came after sophomore guard Todd Johnson forced Hampton into an over-and-back violation and the Norse were able to inbound along their own baseline with 11 seconds left in the overtime. Jackson inbounded the ball to sophomore center Jake Giesler, who handed it to Jackson, who dribbled out to the top of the key to go one-on-one. After hurting Hampton down the stretch and early in the first half driving the ball, he opted to pull up and shoot the 17-foot jumper instead.

How odd is it that the guy who drives it the best, one of the best guys weve ever had here exploding to the rim hits a 17-foot jump shot to win the game, said NKU head coach Dave Bezold. We called a safety where we knew their big was a little slow in getting out so we got it to Jake and he handed it Jordan and we just want to isolate him and he has to go make a play for us. The balls in his hands and he did a heckuva job. He had to make up for the missed layup at the end of regulation.

Jackson said he took what Hamptons defense gave him.

I just noticed they were all packed in the paint and heavy on my left side so I figured why not just pull up, he said. I thought it was going in all the way.

Hampton's Brian Darden attempted a 40-footer at the buzzer, but the ball hit the rim and bounced to the floor.

Giesler scored all 16 of his points after halftime for Northern Kentucky, which improved to 3-7. The Norse are now 2-0 in overtime games this season. Northern Kentucky is 2-0 all-time against Hampton.

Deron Powers led Hampton (5-6) with 16 points. The Pirates built a 41-29 lead in the second half, but Northern Kentucky responded with a 22-11 run to slice the deficit to 52-51 on two free throws by Jackson.

For much of the game it appeared as if NKU would never make another field goal as it was just 4 for its first 25 from the field.

The Norse rallied behind Giesler and sophomore forward Jack Flournoy, who hadnt practiced much the last couple of days due to a minor injury and almost wasnt going to be able to play in Wednesdays game because of it. Giesler scored 14 second-half points and added another bucket in overtime to finish with a career-high 16 points, while Flournoy had eight second-half points and added a layup in the overtime to finish with 13 points.  With four minutes left in the game the two had combined to make 10 of 17 shots from the field, while the rest of the team had combined to go 3 for 28 at that point.

We dont win the game without those two, said Bezold. I have a rule you dont practice you dont get to play. Jack hasnt practiced, he just shot a little bit and has been very ginger where he had an odd thing happen at practice and I didnt think he was playing. He came to me this morning at shootaround and said, I feel OK coach I feel pretty good. Jake and Jack it was their night.

Both teams had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Hamptons Ramon Mercado missed a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left and still 17 seconds left on the shot clock, then  Jackson, who had tied the score at 59-59 with a free throw with 41 seconds remaining, missed the runner along the baseline.

 

 

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