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NKU drops home opener
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (WKRC) -- Unbeaten in its first three games, San Diego visited The Bank of Kentucky Center on Saturday night to take on Northern Kentucky in a rematch of the Norse's first-ever Division I contest.
The Toreros continued their early-season roll with a 75-44 victory over the Norse. San Diego (4-0) used a 24-3 run in the second half to run away from Northern Kentucky in front of a crowd of 1,617.
San Diego became the first team from the state of California to visit NKU for a men's basketball game. The Norse made just 24.2 percent of their shots from the field the lowest mark from the floor in the history of the program.
The previous lowest Northern Kentucky single-game record for field-goal percentage came on Jan. 18, 1990, when Kentucky Wesleyan held the Norse to 25.4 percent shooting from the floor.
The Norse (0-3) also shot just 3-for-28 from 3-point range Saturday night and converted just 40.9 percent (9-for-22) from the free-throw line.
"I thought we had some pretty good looks, but unfortunately we were unable to put some positive possessions together," Northern Kentucky head coach Dave Bezold said. "When you continually miss shot after shot after shot whether it be a three or a free throw it's really tough to recover from."
San Diego made 52 percent of its shots from the field, including a sizzling 58.3 percent in the second half. Leading 42-31 with 14:42 remaining, the Toreros used a 24-3 spurt to build a 66-34 advantage.
"We could not hit anything, and San Diego took advantage of it, like good teams do," Bezold said.
Daniel Camps scored 11 points to lead the Norse, while Jake Giesler pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds. Gielser also scored nine points.
"The results happen when you give effort, so when you look at us, who gave the best effort? Jake Giesler, and look what happened," Bezold said. "Then you go to, probably Camps, with effort, and he's productive."
Dennis Kramer scored 15 points to lead San Diego, which is 2-0 all-time against Northern Kentucky. Duda Sanadze added 14 points for the Toreros, while teammate Jito Kok pulled down 12 rebounds.
San Diego, which beat Northern Kentucky 65-61 last season in the Norse's first-ever Division I game, entered Saturday's game with wins over South Dakota State (74-70), Grand Canyon (70-59) and Morgan State (68-61). The Toreros took control with a 12-2 first-half run that left them with a 25-12 advantage and never led by less than six the rest of the way.
Northern Kentucky plays host to Morehead State at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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