Cleveland State upsets N. Kentucky 89-80, advances to semis (Mar 03, 2018)
DETROIT (AP) Tyree Appleby scored 24 points with seven rebounds and four assists, Kenny Carpenter added 15 points, including a go-ahead 3-point play with 2:20 left, and No. 8 seed Cleveland State upset top-seeded Northern Kentucky 89-80 in Saturday's Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal.
Cleveland State tied it at 33 on Word's 3, then tied it five more times after trailing by as many as six before Drew McDonald's go-ahead free throw and 3 put NKU up 63-59. The Vikings closed to within a point six times before Appleby's free throws gave Cleveland State its first lead, 74-73, with 3:49 left.
The lead flip-flopped until Carpenter's 3-point play sparked a 10-0 run for an 84-75 Vikings' lead with 1:02 to go. Lavone Holland II's three free throws cut it to 84-78, but Carpenter, Word and Kenic combined for five free throws in the final 44 seconds to seal it.
McDonald scored 24 points with 13 rebounds for his 17th double-double for the Norse (22-9). Holland and Carson Williams added 10 points apiece and Williams grabbed 10 rebounds.