Highland Heights, Ky. -- Northern Kentucky outscored Youngstown State 13-5 over the last 3:37 en route to a 76-69 win over the Penguins on Thursday night at BB&T Arena.
Sophomore Naz Bohannon posted a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds with four assists. Sophomore Garrett Covington scored 13 points while junior Devin Morgan added 10 points.
Leading Northern Kentucky (21-7, 11-4 Horizon League) was senior Drew McDonald with 27 points and 12 rebounds and went 12-for-12 from the free-throw line. YSU took 14 free throws as a team. Jalen Tate had 15 points and Tyler Sharpe added 14 points.
The Penguins (12-17, 8-8 Horizon League), trailed by seven, 51-44, with 11:53 left, but clawed their way back into the game. Over the next 2:34, Youngstown State went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 53-53 with 9:19 left. Covington broke free for a layup and Morgan recorded a steal and buried a 3-pointer to get the Penguins within two, 51-49. After a basket by Tate, Morgan hit a jumper and freshman Jelani Simmons tied the game at 53-53 with a layup.
A three-point play by Bohannon knotted the game again at 56-56 before the Norse scored four straight to take a 60-56 advantage with 6:46 left. A basket by Bohannon, a free throw by Covington and a jumper by Simmons gave the Penguins a 62-60 lead - their first since 12-10 at 15:37 of the first half - at the 4:53 mark. After the Norse took a 63-62 lead, Covington made a pair of free throws at the 3:37 mark as the Penguins regained a 64-63 edge.
Norther Kentucky scored the next nine points to take a 72-64 lead with just 40 seconds remaining. Bohannon's three-point play got the Penguins within five, 74-69, with 13 seconds left.
The Penguins play their final regular-season road game against Wright State, Saturday, Feb. 23. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at the Nutter Center.