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Norse Lose Close Game in OT Thriller to UNC Greensboro 70-69

By Parker Fields

On a gloomy Night in Highland Heights there was one thing to get excited about.

Norse Basketball.

This game did not disappoint, from highlight alley-oops to a game-winning shot in overtime, this

the game truly had it all.

The Norse picked up right where they left off on Tuesday, hitting 3 threes in the first 3 minutes

to get out to a quick 9-5 lead. Trevon Faulkner was especially hot to start the half, with 3 threes

in the first 7 minutes. After the Norse’s hot start, however, After the Norse’s hot start, it was

just about all UNCG for the rest of the half. The Spartans dominated the rest of the half

physically leading the Norse 24-0 points in the paint. They dominated the offensive glass as

well leading that 8-4. UNCG’s matchup zone really made NKU work and they struggled to find

open looks consistently. The Spartans ended the half on a 28-13 run which resulted in the

Norse being down 38-28 at the half. Trevon Faulkner continued his hot play throughout the

half, leading the Norse with 17 points on 5 made threes, followed by Sam Vinson with 5 points

and 5 assists. UNCG was led by Senior De’monte Buckingham with 9 points, followed by Kaleb

Hunter and Khyre Thompson with 6 apiece.

In the second half, NKU got out to a quick 12-0 start before UNCG answered. The Norse

came out much more aggressive and looked to attack the holes of the Spartans zone much

more. Especially Marques Warrick who came out with a quick 9 points in the first couple

minutes of the half. Faulkner scored his 1,000 point in his illustrious career on a 3 pointer early

in the half. The rest of the half was back and forth, with more clutch buckets by Faulkner and

Warrick. The game was tied with 40 seconds left 60-60 before Marques Warrick hit a huge

three to give the Norse the lead, however, a late layup by Mohammed Abdulsalam tied the

game at 64 with 3 seconds left, before Trevon Faulkner’s last-second three-point attempt

landed just short.

We had overtime at BB&T.

In Overtime, it was low scoring as NKU lead 69-68 before Buckingham for UNCG scored a late

layup to seal the game for UNCG with about 15 seconds left. Faulkner had a shot for the lead

but missed a tough fadeaway as UNCG held off NKU and won the game 70-69.

NKU battled back tough tonight, but in the end it was too little too late.

NKU was led by Trevon Faulkner with 28 points on 6 threes, Marques Warrick with 14 points,

and Sam Vinson with 8 points and 7 rebounds.


NCG was led by Mohammed Abdulsalam with 13 points and 5 rebounds and De’monte.

Buckingham with 11 points and 6 rebounds.

The Norse will look to bounce back against Eastern Michigan on Thursday at 7 p.m. at BB&T.

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