NKU eliminated from GLVC tourney in overtime

ST. LOUIS – Anthony Young made a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining in overtime after a technical foul had been assessed to Northern Kentucky University to give Kentucky Wesleyan a 91-89 victory in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

With the score tied at 89-all and 1.4 seconds left on the clock, NKU had possession of the ball at midcourt with no timeouts remaining. Ethan Faulkner attempted to inbound the ball, but when no teammates broke open, he called a timeout.

NKU was assessed the technical foul, and Young stepped to the line and made both free throws to give Kentucky Wesleyan a 91-89 lead. NKU retained possession and had a final chance, but two defenders blocked Dennis Gagai's desperation attempt as time expired.

Young finished with a career-high 36 points for Kentucky Wesleyan, which improved to 19-8 and avenged two regular-season losses to NKU. The Panthers rallied from an 89-85 deficit in the final 21 seconds to pull out the victory. Young buried a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to tie the game at 89-all.

Bobby Shannon scored a career-high 23 points for NKU, which dropped to 20-8 overall. Josh Tabb added 20 points for the Norse, who shot 53.7 percent from the field.

Pairings for the NCAA Division II Tournament will be announced Sunday night. NKU is fourth in the latest NCAA Division II Midwest Region poll, and the Norse are expected to receive a berth.

The top eight teams in the poll receive berths to the NCAA Division II Tournament. Automatic berths go to the champions of both the GLVC and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.