Illinois coach John Groce credited his veteran team for the ”polite” conversation at halftime to change the team’s energy and focus. ”Our seniors responded big time in the second half,” he said. ”I thought we came out with a lot more aggressiveness, a lot more attacking mentality.” Lavone Holland II led Northern Kentucky (1-1) with 13 points, which kept the Norse in the game until the final eight minutes. The Norse held a 43-32 rebound advantage despite Northern Kentucky’s tallest players being 6-foot-7. Northern Kentucky was sloppy with the ball for most of the game, committing 18 turnovers that led to 21 Illinois points. ”Our youth showed when things went bad and I thought their veteran leadership showed with their run,” Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen said. BIG PICTURE Illinois: The Illini will have a lot to work on despite the win. http://sebastianpricecenter.boxcrack.net/2016/11/14/some-tips-on-rational-tactics-in-job-hunting/They will have a few games to work out the kinks before tougher opponents appear on the schedule. Northern Kentucky: The Norse can hold their heads up despite the loss. Northern Kentucky competed well throughout the game against a Big Ten opponent.
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