The Northern Kentucky Norse fell to 8-13 after being upset at home by the Lipscomb Bison (8-12), 75-74.
After being down 14 late in the second half, the Norse staged a furious comeback going on a 20-9 run. It was all for not, as the Norse were unable to convert at the end of regulation.
This game had everything you do not want to see in a basketball game—missed free-throws, sloppy turnovers and bad defense.
Lipscomb was 22-41 (53.7 percent) from the stripe and committed 20 turnovers, yet still found a way to hang on for the win.
They were led by forward Malcolm Smith, who had 21 points and five rebounds.
NKU's front-court had no answer for Smith on the post, and had no choice but to foul him almost every time he touched the ball. Smith actually hit his foul shots, and was 14-21 from the line.
The Norse were led by guard Jordan Jackson.
Jackson was 6-13 from the field and had 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and five turnovers. Coach Dave Bezold held out Jackson for most of the second half, and one has to wonder if the Norse would have been able to to win this game if he had gotten more minutes.
Northern Kentucky falls to 3.5 games behind the first place Mercer Bears and will try to get back on track against North Florida.
Lipscomb will try to win two games in a row for the first time this season as they travel to Jacksonville.
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