ST. LOUIS -
Joey Paul hit just one shot the entire game Thursday night against
Northern Kentucky University, but it turned out to be the biggest
field goal of the evening for Missouri-St. Louis.
a 3-pointer as time expired to give Missouri-St. Louis a 67-64 victory
over NKU in the Mark Twain Building. His buzzer-beating trey came
off an assist from Nathan Whittaker, who drove the lane with the
clock winding down and dished the ball out to Paul on the left wing.
Paul - who
was just 5-for-18 from behind the arc entering the game - connected
on the 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
the drive on that last play, the guy (Whittaker) kicked it out and
(Paul) makes a shot,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “In
that situation, they have to shoot a jump shot. We stopped the drive,
but they hit the shot from the outside.”
scored 21 points as the Rivermen (9-4 overall, 3-3 Great Lakes Valley
Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak. Whittaker added
13 points and four rebounds for Missouri-St. Louis, which shot 52
percent from the field in the second half to rally for the win.
led NKU (9-5 overall, 4-2 GLVC) with 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting
from the field. Kevin Schappell added 13 points for the Norse, who
finished 3-for-18 from 3-point range.
With less than
a minute remaining in the game and the score tied at 62-all, Griffin
attempted a jumper that missed everything. Derrell Minner, however,
grabbed the offensive rebound and converted a layup to give the
Rivermen a 64-62 lead.
fouled with 34 seconds left and made two free throws to tie the
game at 64-all. Missouri-St. Louis held the ball for the final shot,
setting the stage for Paul’s heroics.
scored a career-high 12 points for NKU, while Travis Rasso added
seven points and three rebounds. Billy Finnell and Vincent Humphrey
each scored six points for the Norse.
NKU will meet
Missouri-Rolla at 4 p.m. Saturday at Rolla, Mo.