Monday, December 15, 2014

Northern Kentucky Dismantles UC-Clermont

Northern Kentucky 107
UC-Clermont 53

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Deontae Cole set the tone with a game- and career-high 15 points, including four three-pointers in the first half and the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team defeated UC-Clermont, 107-53, at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Sunday.

Tyler White added 13 points while Anthony Monaco, Tayler Persons, and Dean Danos each had 11 points, as NKU improved to 4-5 on the season. Jordan Jackson finished with a game-high five assists along with six points and seven rebounds. Jake Giesler led the Norse with eight rebounds in just 15 minutes played.

Phil Cook led the Cougars with 10 points and Curt Wesp finished with a game-high 12 boards and seven points for UC-Clemont (4-9).

The Norse grabbed an early lead eight seconds into the first half on a Dean Danos trey and never looked back. Deonte Cole added another swish from deep on the next NKU possession to give NKU an early 6-0 lead. The NKU offensive outpouring continued, as the Norse put up 11 points in the first four minutes and kept the pace until halftime. NKU scored 49 points in the opening frame, their second-highest mark of the season, 53 percent (17-of-32) shooting. The Norse offense was evenly distributed with nine players entering the scoring column and the bench contributing 24 points through the first 20 minutes.

"The last two practices we haven't shot well," said head coach Dave Bezold. "And to see it come together today was really rewarding. When you make those shots it relaxes you on both ends of the floor."

NKU posted the highest scoring output on the season with 58 points in the second half. The offense was complimented by an exceptional defensive effort. The Norse held the Cougars to 28 percent (17-of-61) shooting from the field. The NKU defense stifled UC-Clermont from the three-point line, allowing only two makes in the first and just 5-of-34 shooting overall for a 15 percent clip.

"The defense was good. We did hold them below their average they had against other teams," added Bezold. "But we are still fouling too much and that's concerning too me."

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