Monday, January 5, 2015

Late Shot Gives Toledo Road Win Over Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky 57
Toledo 55

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Tayler Persons did a little bit of everything for the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and seven assists, but a three-point basket from Toledo's Julius Brown with 0.7 left gave the Rockets a 57-55 win on Saturday afternoon at The Bank of Kentucky Center.

The Norse were able to build up an early advantage in the first half, leading by as many as 17 points, but tenacious defense and timely shooting allowed the Rockets to chip away at the NKU lead in the second frame to set up the dramatic final shot.

With the Norse leading by two points and 4.6 seconds remaining, Toledo's JD Weatherspoon was fouled on a dunk attempt. The first free throw was true, the last of Weatherspoon's game-high 18 points, but the second rattled off the rim and was tipped out of bounds by a Norse player, allowing a final chance for Toledo.

The inbound pass came in to Justin Drummond, who found Brown in the corner to give Toledo its only lead of the contest. Brown finished with eight points on the night.

The loss gave NKU a 6-9 record to finish nonconference play for the 2014-15 season. Toledo, the favorite to win the Mid-American Conference, now stands at 8-5 on the year.

Tyler White added 10 points for the Norse, with seven coming in the second half, while Jalen Billups had nine points. Chad Jackson picked up six rebounds in the first 7:34 of the contest, finishing with seven boards on the night to lead NKU.

The Norse raced out to a 12-3 lead in the opening five minutes of the contest, punctuated by a Jalen Billups jam to close out a 7-0 run. The Rockets composed themselves, however, rolling off three-straight baskets to close the gap to 12-9.

Anthony Monaco ended a three-minute scoring drought for the Norse with a three-pointer from the top of the key and the Norse were back in control as the NKU defense held Toledo to 1-of-12 shooting over a seven-minute span, and limited the Rockets to just four field goals over the final 13:27 of the first half.

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