- DeMario Mattox keyed a 19-4 second-half run with seven points
as Wingate rallied for a 72-62 victory against previously unbeaten
Northern Kentucky University in the OrthoCarolina Classic on Saturday.
NKU (4-1) owned
a 54-46 lead with 9:11 remaining in the game after Dustin Maguire
made a 3-pointer, but Wingate (3-3) countered with a 19-4 spurt
to take a 65-58 advantage. Mattox capped the run by hitting a short
jumper with 1:48 remaining.
NKU, which is
ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll, committed
24 turnovers and made just 39.7 percent of its shots from the field.
The Norse were also 6-for-13 from the free-throw line.
commit 24 turnovers on the road and expect to win, especially if
you send the other team to the line 31 times,” NKU head coach
Dave Bezold said. “It should take us three games to get 24
turnovers. Wingate played very hard, and we did not match their
intensity. I thought we were in good shape in the second half when
we had the lead, but then we had several wide-open shots that didn’t
to make those shots on the road. Wingate turned it up, and we did
not respond by making wide-open shots.”
Mattox led Wingate
with 15 points and four assists. The Bulldogs were 24-for-31 at
the free-throw line and finished with a 32-11 advantage in points
added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Wingate, which is now 2-0 all-time
against NKU. David Johnson scored 13 points for the Bulldogs.
scored 11 points for NKU, while teammates Scott Bibbins and Dennis
Gagai each added 10. Maguire and Tanner Jacobs scored nine points
apiece for the Norse, who won the rebounding battle by a 41-39 margin.
NKU will meet
unbeaten Catawba (N.C.) Sunday at 2 p.m. Catawba is 5-0 and ranked
23rd nationally in the NCAA Division II poll. The Indians posted
an 87-70 win over Bowie State in the first OrthoCarolina Classic