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Norse win Thriller at BB&T

by Parker Fields

NKU with one of the best early season comebacks in college basketball to take down a tough

Eastern Michigan team.



After NKU got out to a hot early 12-7 lead, the rest of the first half was all Eastern Michigan.

Eastern Michigan was playing very physical man to man defense that really seemed to slow the

Norse down. Senior guard Trevon Faulkner was held to 0 points in the half on just 2 shot

attempts. The Eagles really seemed to key on Faulkner face guarding him and just daring the

other members of the Norse to score the basketball. The Norse really struggled scoring it,

shooting 9-30 as a team in the first half and 2-7 from three. On the other side of the ball the

Norse were dominated by the high ball screen action between the Eagles big man and their two

guards former IMG point guard Noah Farrakhan and Monty Scott. Farrakhan finished the first

half with 12 points and Scott with 15. The Norse were led by Adrien Nelson with 12 points and 6

rebounds. As well as David Bohm with 3 points and 5 rebounds. The Eagles led 35-24 at the

half.



The second half however was a whole different story. This half was all NKU. NKU was

able to now attack the Eagles defense and then kick out to shooters for great looks. Freshman

Hubi Pivorious and Sam Vinson were huge in this half. Pivorious hit two crucial threes of the

bench and Vinson ended up with 3 threes in the half and 14 total points in the second half. NKU

also started to stifle Eastern Michigan in the second half and were now playing like the more

physical team. However Eastern Michigan was still clinging to a 1-point lead with about 13

seconds left in the game. From there, Bryson Langdon took the inbounds pass and drove the

ball full court all the way to the rim to finish a contested left-hand layup to give NKU the lead

with about 7 seconds left. Noah Farrakhan then took the inbounds pass and drove the ball up

the floor to shoot a pull up jumper at the buzzer than ended short.

The Norse had just won a thriller.

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NKU was led by Vinson with 17 points and Adrien Nelson with 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Eastern Michigan was led by Noah Farrakhan and Monty Scott with 21 points each.

Be on the lookout for this Norse team as a real threat in the Horizon League this year.

Western Illinois will come to BB&T at 7 P.M. Monday night.