- Northern Kentucky University was unable to overcome a slow start
against Brigham Young during a 65-46 loss on Saturday night.
scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead BYU, which improved
to 5-2. The Cougars shot 55.1 percent from the field to hand NKU
(6-1) its first loss of the season in front of a crowd of 7,205
in the Marriott Center.
led NKU with 17 points and eight rebounds. Ludgood, a 6-foot-8 senior
center, used 8-for-11 shooting from the field to keep the Norse
in the game against the taller Cougars.
its first seven shots from the field and fell behind by 17 points
(22-5) with 9:12 remaining in the first half. The Norse countered
with a 14-2 run to cut the BYU lead to 24-19 on a jumper by Mike
Kimmey with 4:03 left before the break.
and Kevin Schappell each connected on 3-point shots to spark the
closed the half with an 11-4 run to take a 35-23 advantage into
the locker room. Young scored eight points during the first half
for the Cougars, who shot 65.2 percent from the field before the
“I thought we came out well, especially dealing with their
game plan to slow things down,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said.
“We did a great job guarding them for the first 10 minutes,
then we let up a little and they scored some points.”
its lead to 44-24 on a 3-pointer by Jackson Emery with 14:27 left
in the game, but NKU responded with a 6-0 run. Ludgood powered in
for a dunk to begin the spurt, and Harrison Morton added a jumper
and two free throws to make it 44-30 with 10:43 left in the game.
however, were unable to cut the BYU lead under double digits and
lost in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
“This always happens when you go up a level, or two or three
levels. You have to make shots early. We didn’t,” NKU
head coach Dave Bezold said. “Gavin Ludgood and Kevin Schappell
played well. They got things done without speeding it up.”
Morton each finished with nine points for NKU, which had not played
a Division I opponent in a regular-season game since the 1994-95
campaign. Schappell added eight points, three assists and three
rebounds for the Norse.
NKU won the
rebounding battle by a 30-28 margin, but the taller Cougars finished
with a 33-16 edge in points in the paint.
added 10 points off the bench for BYU, which led the entire game.
NKU held 6-11 freshman Trent Plaisted - BYU’s leading scorer
at 14.7 points per game - to eight points and three rebounds.
NKU will next
be in action Dec. 20 with a road game at Grand Valley State.