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NKU falls by two on the road at Kennesaw State
KENNESAW, Ga. (WKRC) -- Kennesaw State rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to pull out a 69-67 victory over Northern Kentucky on Friday night in an Atlantic Sun Conference game.
Delbert Love scored 18 points to lead Kennesaw State, which snapped an eight-game losing streak and improved to 5-21 overall, 2-11 in the Atlantic Sun. The Owls trailed 57-46 with 9:29 remaining after Northern Kentucky's Jalen Billups slammed down a dunk, but Kennesaw State responded with an 18-4 run to take a 65-61 lead after a conventional three-point play by Orlando Coleman with 3:16 left on the clock.
Northern Kentucky (8-18 overall, 4-10 A-Sun) battled back and took a 67-66 lead when Daniel Camps scored inside with 49 seconds remaining. Bernard Moreno, however, drew a foul with 24 seconds left and converted both free throws to give Kennesaw State a 68-67 advantage.
After a Norse turnover in the final 10 seconds, Myles Hamilton hit one of two free throws to extend the Kennesaw State lead to 69-67 with one second remaining and the Owls held on to defeat Northern Kentucky for the first time in five all-time meetings.
Camps finished with a career-high 16 points for Northern Kentucky, which led by as many as 13 points in the second half. Tyler White added 12 points off the bench for the Norse, who shot 52.1 percent from the field. Billups finished with 11 points, and Jordan Jackson scored 10.
Kennesaw State shot 52.3 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 30-23 count. The Owls, who trailed 40-30 at halftime, limited the Norse to 27 points in the second half.
"It's a tough way to lose," Norse head coach Dave Bezold said. "We played very well in the first half and were up by 10 points. Give Kennesaw State credit for the way they played in the second half, and they made some clutch free throws in the final minute. We knew this would be a tough game, and we came up a play short."
Northern Kentucky concludes the two-game road trip Sunday against Mercer at 2 p.m. in Macon, Ga. Mercer is currently in first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings.
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