- Dominick Reid scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer that snapped
a 72-all tie with 3:49 remaining, to lead unbeaten Catawba (N.C.)
to an 86-81 win over Northern Kentucky University in a battle of
nationally ranked NCAA Division II teams Sunday.
built a 55-35 lead early in the second half on a dunk by Donzell
Williams. NKU stormed back with a 31-8 run - including 18 unanswered
points - to take a 66-63 advantage with 6:43 left in the game on
Leslie Malone’s short jumper. A’Daeron Duncan sparked
the Norse spurt by scoring eight of his career-high 20 points during
With the score
tied at 72-all, Reid knocked down a 3-pointer to give Catawba the
lead for good. The 23rd-ranked Indians extended the lead to 80-72
when Reid made another 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining.
shots by (Reid) were crucial, especially after the way we fought
back to take the lead,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “We
used a lot of energy to get back into it. Give Catawba all the credit,
because they hit some big shots down the stretch.”
NKU pulled to
within three points (82-79) with 1:14 left when Duncan knocked down
a 3-pointer, but Rob Fields responded with a dunk to extend Catawba’s
advantage to 84-79. Isaac Rose sealed the win for Catawba by making
two free throws with seven seconds left.
led the Indians with 20 points, and Fields added 17 off the bench.
Catawba was 28-for-34 from the free-throw line and shot 48.1 percent
from the field.
14 points for NKU (4-2), which lost for the second straight day
at the OrthoCarolina Classic. The Norse entered the two-day event
ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division II poll.
finished with a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), while Dustin
Maguire added 12 points. The Norse shot 50 percent from the field
but were 4-for-22 from 3-point range.
NKU begins Great
Lakes Valley Conference play Thursday night at Indianapolis.