Late shot lifts Eastern Kentucky past NKU, 76-74


    Late shot lifts Eastern Kentucky past NKU, 76-74 (NKU Athletics)

    RICHMOND, Ky. (WKRC) - Drew McDonald scored 23 points and became the all-time leading rebounder in NKU history, but a late shot by EKU lifted the Colonels past the Norse on Saturday evening, 76-74. EKU moves to 6-4 on the year, while NKU falls to 8-3.

    STATS LEADERS

    McDonald scored 23 points and added six rebounds and five assists.

    Tyler Sharpe recorded 18 points on the night.

    Zaynah Robinson chipped in 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.

    Dantez Walton had seven points, nine rebounds and three assists.

    Chris Vogt scored six points and had a career-high 12 rebounds

    TURNING POINT

    With the score tied 74-74, the Colonels’ Nick Mayo hit a jumper with 0.4 seconds left to give EKU the 76-74 win.

    FIRST HALF SUMMARY

    McDonald became the all-time leading rebounder in NKU history when he grabbed an offensive rebound with 17:36 remaining in the half.

    Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, as neither scored in the first 2:45 of the game.

    The first half of action was a defensive battle, and NKU and EKU went into halftime tied at 29-29.

    The Norse shot 10-of-28 (35.7 percent) on field goals.

    NKU held EKU to 11-of-36 (30.6 percent) shooting from the floor and 0-of-12 on three-pointers.

    Walton led the Norse with seven points, while Robinson, Sharpe and McDonald added five. Vogt recorded four points and nine rebounds.

    Each team had 24 rebounds.

    SECOND HALF SUMMARY

    After an EKU bucket, NKU went on an 8-0 run to take a 37-31 lead. McDonald had six points in the run with an old-fashioned three-point play and a three-pointer.

    EKU battled back and went ahead 47-42 with 13:10 remaining.

    The Colonels maintained a lead until Sharpe hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the Norse in front 58-57 with 8:00 to play.

    EKU took a 70-66 lead with 3:29 left in the contest, but a layup by McDonald and a jumper by Robinson tied the game at 70-70.

    McDonald’s bucket from close to the basket gave the Norse a 74-72 lead with 1:01 to play.

    A pair of free throws by EKU tied the contest at 74-74, and the Colonels’ Mayo hit a shot with 0.4 seconds left to give EKU the 76-74 win.

    GAME NOTES

    NKU shot 28-of-66 (42.4 percent) in the contest.

    The Colonels went 23-of-60 (38.3 percent) from the floor and just 5-of-20 (25.0 percent) on three-pointers.

    The Norse had a 38-28 advantage in points in the paint. NKU also outrebounded EKU 43-40.

    The game featured eight ties and 14 lead changes.

    NEXT UP

    The Norse host Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, Dec. 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at BB&T Arena, and the game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Ohio.

    Information courtesy NKU Athletics

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