Thursday, November 20, 2014

Big Night from Cole Murray Leads Northern Kentucky to Win Over A&T

Northern Kentucky 68
North Carolina A&T 55

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.- The Northern Kentucky University Men's Basketball team opened up its home schedule against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday evening and used a career-game from sophomore guard Cole Murray to defeat the Aggies, 68-55.

This also marked head coach Dave Bezold's 300th game at the helm. With the win he is now 182-118 all-time as the Norse's coach.

After the game, coach Bezold was asked about the milestone, "I honestly forgot until someone told me before the game. It feels really good to have the opportunity to follow in Ken Shields' footsteps after growing up in the Northern Kentucky area. Being able to do it here at home and get the win is a great feeling."

Northern Kentucky (1-2) came out with a strong defense early in the game, leading to three turnovers in the first couple minutes. Murray came out hot off the bench, hitting his first three triples of the night. He helped give the Norse an early 15-8 lead. Back-to-back threes from Todd Johnson followed, capping a 12-0 run by NKU.

The Norse began to slow slightly on offense, but they were reignited due to a much-needed three by Murray who ended the half going 5-7 from three-point range for 15 points. He finished the game with a career-high 21 points, shooting 7-for-11 all from three.

"My teammates should get a lot of credit. They found me open for the shots," said Murray on his career-game.

North Carolina A&T had offensive issues thanks to the defensive effort by the Norse. The Aggies didn't score for close to seven minutes late in the first half. The Norse held it together to end the half with the lead, 33-16.

Multiple Norse players came out in the second half to continue to stretch the NKU. Persons was a major part in the second half surge finishing with 13 points, nine of those in the second half.

"He did a great job both inside and outside. He made a lot of key plays and helped to break the press, which we struggled with last year," said coach Bezold.

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