Winning Streak Snapped, Drury Defeats Northern Kentucky, 83-72

Monica FritschCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2012

Ethan Faulkner handed on seven assists for the Norse.
Ethan Faulkner handed on seven assists for the Norse.

The Drury University Panthers snapped the 13-game winning streak held by the Northern Kentucky University Norse. Had the Norse won, they would've set a school record for most wins to start a season.

Less than two minutes into the game, Jon Van Hoose buried the first of his six three-pointers. It seemed like the Norse would continue its winning streak. However, the Panthers overcame a 13-point deficit and handed the No. 8 ranked Norse its first loss of the season.

Drury's free-throw percentage was a big part of the upset Saturday night, as they made 37-of-51 attempts from the line, compared to just 20-of-31 from NKU.

NKU committed 36 of the 59 fouls called with two key players, DeAndre Nealy and Eshaunte Jones fouling out, In the first half alone, every NKU player who stepped on the court committed at least one foul.

The Panthers also dominated the rebound count, getting 38 boards to just 24 from the Norse. At the break, they owned a 38-33 lead over the Norse.

The Norse tried to stage a comeback, as they pulled within a basket with 3:29 left in the game. Cameron Adams widened the Panthers' lead to 69-64 with 3:11 left.

Brandon Lockhart also helped the Panthers to victory, making four straight free throws and ending the game with 24 points.

Tony Rack and Chad Jackson weren't far behind Van Hoose in the point total, each scoring 13.

The Norse, who couldn't close the gap by any more than four points for the rest of the game are now 13-1 overall and 5-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Next, the Norse will travel to Knights Hall to face the defending national champion Bellarmine, Monday at 8 p.m. The Knights are ranked No. 3 in this week's NCAA Division II poll and own a 7-1 record against the Norse in their previous eight meetings.

Monica Fritsch is a correspondent for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.