Northern Ky. stuffs Ky. Wesleyan
Norse limit GLVC leading scorer Young to 3-13 from the field
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- No. 10 Northern Kentucky held Anthony Young -- the leading scorer in the GLVC at 19.9 points per game -- to eight points, and the 10th-ranked Norse shot 66 percent from the field in the second half to post a 58-51 victory against No. 14 Kentucky Wesleyan.
Eshaunte Jones scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead NKU, which improved to 22-5.
In the two regular-season meetings, Young averaged 28.5 points per game against NKU. A year ago, he poured in an average of 24.5 points in four meetings against the Norse.
|GLVC EARLY FRIDAY RESULTS|
|Northern Kentucky 58, Kentucky Wesleyan|
|Drury 71, Missouri-St. Louis 60|
|Conference Championship Central|
On Friday, NKU’s defense limited Young to just 3-13 shooting from the field and defeated Kentucky Wesleyan for the first time in GLVC Tournament play.
“Young is a great player, and one of the best scorers in the nation, so to hold him to eight points was a key to winning this game,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “Our defense was very solid, and we had a number of people who contributed in this win.”
Ethan Faulkner finished with 12 points and dished out five assists for NKU, which opened the second half with a 19-9 run to build a 41-30 lead on Jon Van Hoose’s basket with 13:16 remaining. Jones buried a pair of 3-pointers during the Norse spurt.
Kentucky Wesleyan responded with a 12-2 run to cut the NKU lead to 43-42 with 10:36 left on the clock. The Panthers still trailed by just a point (47-46) with less than seven minutes remaining, but Faulkner hit a jumper to extend the NKU lead to 49-46.
DeAndre Nealy then took over, scoring NKU’s next six points and blocking three shots in the last four minutes as the Norse pulled away. Nealy finished with eight points and four blocks.
Van Hoose scored nine points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds. NKU held Kentucky Wesleyan (21-7) to 31 percent shooting from the field.
Brandon Johnson led the Panthers with 16 points.