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Murray lifts Norse to overtime win over UIC

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NKU's Cole Murray had 21 points Friday, all on three pointers, as the Norse defeated UIC in overtime.

NKU's Cole Murray had 21 points Friday, all on three pointers, as the Norse defeated UIC in overtime.

Matt Sexton

Matt Sexton

NKU's Cole Murray had 21 points Friday, all on three pointers, as the Norse defeated UIC in overtime.

Matt Sexton, Sports Editor

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Northern Kentucky junior Cole Murray scored six of his team-high 21 points in overtime Friday as the Norse defeated Illinois-Chicago 82-69.

After the Flames shot 46.7 percent in the second half to force overtime, UIC made just 1 of 6 from the floor in the extra session.

The Norse raced out in the five-minute overtime, outscoring UIC 12-3 over the first 3:48.

NKU (7-11, 3-4 in Horizon League) put the game away by making 9 of 12 from the free throw line in overtime.

Murray did all of his work from beyond the arc. He attempted eight shots on the night, all from three-point range. He made seven to account for his 21 points.  He also had 5 rebounds.

Four NKU players scored in double figures. Drew McDonald had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Lavone Holland II added 17 points and 7 assists. Jalen Billups had 12 points.

Dikembe Dixson led UIC (2-16, 0-7) with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Northern Kentucky has won three of its last four. It faces another tough Horizon League test Sunday when Valparaiso comes to BB&T Arena.

Valparaiso is 26th in the RPI entering Sunday’s game. The game is 1 p.m. Sunday, and will be televised on the American Sports Network and ESPN3.

Summary

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

@ BB&T Arena, Highland Heights, Kentucky

Northern Kentucky 82, Illinois-Chicago 69, overtime

I — 30 – 35 – 4 — 69
N — 34 – 31 – 17 — 82

(69) ILLINOIS-CHICAGO (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Dixson 8-1-7-24, Odiase 3-0-2-8, Young 5-0-2-12, Whitaker 2-0-6-10, Kolawole 3-0-1-7, Torrese 1-0-2-4, Thomas 1-0-2-4. TOTALS 23-1-22-69.

(82) NORTHERN KENTUCKY (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Garnett 3-0-3-9, Billups 5-0-2-12, Holland II 4-1-8-17, Murray 7-7-0-21, Rosenwinkel 1-1-1-4, McDonald 5-0-8-18, Danos 0-0-1-1. TOTALS 25-9-23-82.

FIELD GOALS: I 23/60 (Dixson 8/21, Young 5/11, Odiase 3/8, Kolawole 3/9); N 25/54 (Murray 7/8, McDonald 5/10, Billups 5/6, Holland 4/13)

3 POINT FIELD GOALS: I 1/12; N 9/22 (Murray 7/8)

FREE THROWS: I 22/29 (Dixson 7/9, Whitaker 6/8); N 23/31 (Holland 8/10, McDonald 8/10)

REBOUNDS: I 36 (Young 10, Dixson 10, Odiase 4, McGuire 4); N 37 (McDonald 8, Murray 5, Danos 5, Holland 4, Billups 4)

ASSISTS: I 3; N 14 (Holland 7, Danos 4)

STEALS: I 9 (Kolawole 4); N 4

BLOCKED SHOTS: I 3 (Odiase 2); N 2

TURNOVERS: I 15; N 16

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