The NCAA Tournament clash between Northern Kentucky and Houston was a hard-fought affair, with the two teams trading the lead several times throughout the game. In the end, however, the Norse of Northern Kentucky emerged triumphant, claiming a 69-66 victory over the Cougars.
From the start, the game was an intense back-and-forth affair, as both teams were evenly matched in terms of skill and athleticism. Northern Kentucky took the first lead of the game, going up 9-7 at the 15:47 mark of the first half. However, Houston quickly responded, taking a 14-11 lead at the 14:18 mark.
The lead changed hands several times throughout the first half, before the Norse finally pulled away in the latter stages of the period. Northern Kentucky led by as many as eight points with 3:14 remaining in the half, but Houston managed to close the deficit to four points at halftime, with the score standing at 33-29.
The second half saw both teams trading buckets, with neither team able to gain a considerable advantage. Northern Kentucky took a five-point lead with 8:50 remaining in the game, before Houston responded with a 9-2 run to take a 58-57 lead with 4:59 remaining.
However, the Norse regained their composure, and went on a 10-2 run of their own to take a 67-60 lead with just 1:05 remaining in the game. Houston managed to cut the lead to three points in the final seconds, but it wasn’t enough, as Northern Kentucky held on for a 69-66 victory.
The victory for the Norse marked a triumphant end to an intense game, and sets them up for a potential Sweet 16 run.