Rasso scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday night
during NKU’s 69-65 loss at Saint Joseph’s.
Ind. - Too much of Saint Joseph’s Ronald Coleman on the offensive
end of the court spelled the end of Northern Kentucky University’s
hope of reaching the 20-win plateau Thursday night.
a game-high 28 points and hit a pair of clinching free throws in
the final seconds as Saint Joseph’s held off NKU, 69-65, in
the Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse. The Pumas improved to 15-11 overall,
10-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
NKU, which clinched
the GLVC east Division title Monday with a win over Bellarmine,
dropped to 19-7 overall, 12-6 GLVC. The Norse had a chance to tie
the game in the final seconds of regulation, but Billy Finnell’s
driving shot was off the mark. Coleman then hit a pair of free throws
for the 69-65 margin.
some free throws and had too many turnovers,” NKU head coach
Dave Bezold said.”In the first half, we had too many careless
turnovers. We didn’t block out a couple of times late in the
game, and Saint Joseph’s got the rebound both times. That’s
how you lose on the road, especially against a good team.”
came off the bench and recorded a double-double with 16 points and
12 rebounds to lead NKU. Mark Hawkins also sparked the Norse by
draining a trio of 3-pointers and finishing with 10 points.
and Harrison Morton each scored 11 for NKU, which shot 42.6 percent
from the field. Wright also dished out a team-leading six assists.
Coleman, a 6-foot-6
forward, was 8-for-13 from the field. He also converted 10-of-13
free throws and grabbed eight rebounds. Andrew Helmer added 15 points,
and Devin Thomas scored 11. The Pumas shot 45.5 percent from the
its first 20-win campaign since the 2002-03 season, plays at Indianapolis
on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.