Men's Basketball Goes Cold From Floor in Loss at Northern Kentucky

Cameron Morse
Cameron Morse

Highland Heights, Ky. -- Youngstown State shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and suffered a 70-51 loss to Northern Kentucky on Monday evening at the BB&T Arena.

The Penguins fall to 8-22 overall and 6-11 in the Horizon League while the Norse improve to 20-8 overall and 13-3 in the league.

Senior Cameron Morse was the only player to reach double figures for the Penguins with 11 points and he dished out eight assists.

Northern Kentucky's Drew McDonald led the Norse with 27 points and 12 rebounds while Jordan Garnett and Carson Williams each had 10 points.

Early in the game, Youngstown State used a 9-0 run to take a 15-10 lead after a layup by Garrett Covington at the 12:28 mark. The Norse, though, responded with 13-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 23-17 lead with 7:06 to go. NKU led at halftime, 33-26.

Neither team shot particularly well in the first half with the Penguins connecting on 35.5 percent of their field goals and the Norse making just 37.9 percent. NKU did benefit from five 3-pointers and made six free throws while the Penguins did not attempt a free throw in the first half.

The Penguins kept the game within single digits for most of the second half and trailed by six, 52-46, with 7:21 remaining. The Norse went on a 14-3 run over the next six minutes to put the game out of reach, 66-49, with 1:39 left.

Northern Kentucky shot 52.2 percent from the field in the second half and made 11-of-13 free throws.

Youngstown State closes out the regular season and will celebrate Senior Night against Cleveland State, Saturday, Feb. 24. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.