Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Northern Kentucky Comes Up Short at North Carolina A&T

North Carolina A&T 74
Northern Kentucky 63

Final from Greensboro, North Carolina

Game recap by NKU:

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jalen Billups tallied 20 points, but the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team fell to North Carolina A&T, 74-63, on Monday night.

One of the nation's leaders in shooting, Billups reached 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. He added a game-high-tying seven rebounds.

Deontae Cole gave NKU a 39-37 advantage headed into intermission with a tip-in as time expired. Billups tallied 13 points in the frame for the Norse and Sam Hunt paced the Aggies with 22.

The second half started slowly, but after NC A&T built an eight-point margin at 56-48 Billups came through with back-to-back slams. The first came on Tyler White's assist on a fast break. Billups' second flush came at the expense of the Aggies' leading scorer Bruce Beckford, who was whistled for a foul.

NKU later whittled its deficit to three, 61-58, following a pair of White free throws and another Billups bucket.

An 8-0 run from NC A&T pushed the Aggies in front by 11, but NKU responded with a triple and layup from Lavone Holland to close the gap to six, 69-63. However, the Aggies converted five free throws down the stretch to seal the game.

Holland gave NKU its second double-figure scorer with 13 points. He chipped in seven boards as well.

Northern Kentucky closes its three-game road trip on Saturday at Eastern Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. (ET).

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