Morton scores the go-ahead basket with two seconds remaining
Thursday night in NKU’s 74-73 win at Quincy. Morton
took a pass from Billy Finnell (right) and finished with the
score. The senior forward led NKU with 20 points.
- Just when it appeared Northern Kentucky University had it all
wrapped up Thursday night, Quincy rallied and took the lead in the
closing seconds. Norse head coach Dave Bezold had seen this routine
before with Quincy.
like they always hit last-second shots to beat us after coming from
behind,” Bezold said. “For a moment, I thought it was
going to happen again.”
NKU senior forward
Harrison Morton, however, made sure the ending was different this
inside basket with two seconds remaining in the game gave NKU a
74-73 victory over Quincy in the Pepsi Arena. Quincy - which trailed
by 10 points with 3:59 left in the game - had taken a 73-72 lead
with 27.1 seconds left after Andre Muse completed a conventional
three-point play. Muse hit a short jumper in the lane while being
fouled, and he converted the free throw to give the Hawks a 73-72
NKU ran the
clock down under 10 seconds on the final possession, and Billy Finnell
drove the lane between two defenders. Finnell found Morton underneath
the basket on the left side of the lane, and the senior forward
powered his way up for the winning shot.
the ball to Marlon Jackson, who launched a 50-foot desperation shot
that fell short at the buzzer, and NKU walked out of the Pepsi Arena
with a win for the first time since 2003.
A year ago,
Muse hit a last-second shot in Regents Hall to give the Hawks a
70-68 win over NKU. Two years ago, Quincy scored the final five
points of the game to pull out a 62-57 win over NKU in the Pepsi
Arena. In 2005, the Hawks staged an improbable comeback in the final
five minutes to post a 75-74 win over the Norse on the same court.
always plays very hard, and they don’t give up,” Bezold
said. “The game was a lot of fun for the fans to watch, and
it was fun for me until there was about three minutes left. Billy
made a great drive and dish to Harrison, and he finished the play
like you expect him to do. He had a great game for us, and this
is a huge win on the road against a very good team.”
with 20 points to lead NKU, which improved to 3-1 overall, 1-0 in
the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Anthony Teague added 14 points
for the Norse, who were 11-for-20 from 3-point range.
NKU shot 8-for-12
from 3-point range in the first half to build a 42-34 lead at the
break. Teague buried a trio of 3-pointers, while Dennis Gagai and
walk-on Jimmy Ryan each drained a pair of treys.
shot the ball well in the first half, and I thought Jimmy Ryan came
in and did a great job for us,” Bezold said.
Senior center Travis Rasso scored all eight of his points in the
second half for NKU. Gagai and Scott Bibbins each finished with
11 points for the Norse, who shot 55.1 percent from the field.
Muse - who made
six 3-pointers - scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds for
Quincy, which is 2-1 overall, 0-1 GLVC. The Hawks, however, were
just 11-for-22 at the free-throw line.
Finnell dishes out the winning assist to Harrison Morton in
the closing seconds of the game Thursday night. Finnell drove
the lane and drew two defenders, then passed the ball to Morton
underneath the basket for the go-ahead score in the Norse’s