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Rockets Suffer Last-Second Defeat to Norfolk State, 72-70

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 12/20/2011
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Junior G Curtis Dennis paced Toledo offensively with a career-high 20 points against Norfolk State.

TOLEDO, OH - Toledo's second-half comeback came up just short on Tuesday evening in a last-second 72-70 loss to Norfolk State (8-5) in Savage Arena. 

The Rockets (7-4) trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half before tying the score at 70-all on sophomore G Rian Pearson's layup with 36 seconds remaining. UT was able to get a stop on the next possession, but sophomore F DeLino Dear stepped out of bounds after grabbing the rebound with 3.7 seconds remaining.

The Spartans' Kyle O'Quinn then took the inbounds pass and laid it in with 2.4 seconds left. The Rockets attempted an alley-oop pass on their last shot but were unsuccessful.

Junior G Curtis Dennis paced Toledo offensively with a career-high 20 points in just his second game in a Rocket uniform after transferring from New Mexico. Pearson was also in double figures with 16 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds with sophomore F Reese Holliday contributing 11 points.

Sophomore G Pendarvis Williams led Norfolk State with 17 points with O'Quinn adding 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

The Spartans shot 55.6 percent from the field, the most by a UT opponent this season. NSU also outrebounded the Rockets by a 35-28 margin which negated Toledo's season-low 11 turnovers.

Toledo will travel to Fort Myers, FL tomorrow for a matchup against Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday, Dec. 22. Tip-off time is set for 7:05 p.m.

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