When Tuesday's game against the Red Devils got tough late in the second half, the Maroons got tougher.
North (13-6) outcored Owensboro (7-7) 27-21 in the fourth quarter to close out the Red Devils in one of the team's finest victories of the season, 72-61.
"That was a battle out there, and to come on the road in the Third Region -- especially against a team like Owensboro -- and get a win is really nice," North coach Matt Beshear said. "I am extremely proud of the guys and the way they fought. Owensboro is playing as well as anybody in the Third Region."
Jaiveon Eaves (26 points) and Tyrek White (22) combined for 48 points to help the Maroons extend their fourth-quarter lead from three to more than 10 in a physical contest in front of a feisty crowd.
White came off the bench to hit 8-of-10 field goals and was 6-for-6 from the line.
"We are trying to get Tyrek in a position to where he can have more success," Beshear said. "He is better in the half court with the basketball. If he can get the ball on the wing and attack, that's his game. He gets the ball to the rim as well as any guy we have, and he is shooting the ball well."
There were seven lead changes in the first quarter, and North maintained a slim lead during the second and third quarters before pulling away late. The Maroons opened the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to go ahead by 11, and they never led by fewer than nine points the rest of the night.
Joseph Singleton added 10 points and 12 rebounds for North, while Ishawn Murphy scored 17 to lead Owensboro.
North (72)- Eaves 26, White 22, Singleton 10, Cline 6, Cunningham 5, Ashby 2, Combs 1.
Owensboro (61)- Murphy 17, Harris 13, Wimsatt 11, Lewis 5, Brown 5, Tinsley 3, Board 2, Gardner 2, Bellamy 2, Wright 1.