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Billups reaches 1,000 points; NKU falls to WSU

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Jalen Billups scored 9 points Saturday, surpassing 1,000 career points in a 60-46 loss to Wright State.

Jalen Billups scored 9 points Saturday, surpassing 1,000 career points in a 60-46 loss to Wright State.

Matt Sexton

Matt Sexton

Jalen Billups scored 9 points Saturday, surpassing 1,000 career points in a 60-46 loss to Wright State.

Matt Sexton, Sports Editor

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Jalen Billups became the 24th member of the 1,000 point club at Northern Kentucky University Saturday in a 60-46 loss to Wright State at BB&T Arena.

Billups, who reached the 500 rebound career milestone a week ago, eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone with a dunk in the first half against the Raiders.

It was part of a strong first half for Northern Kentucky. NKU led by as many as seven and led 28-27 at halftime. NKU shot 63.2 percent in the first half.

The script was flipped in the second half. Wright State started the second half on a 15-4 run to take a 46-32 lead with 9:52 remaining.

The Norse (4-10, 0-3 in Horizon League) got the deficit to single digits on a couple occasions, but would not get closer than nine the rest of the way.

NKU shot just 22.7 percent in the second half, making just 5 of 22 attempts.

Billups led NKU with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Tyler White, Lavone Holland II and Cole Murray scored 8 points each.

Mark Alstork led Wright State with 18 points and 6 rebounds. JT Yoho added 13 points and 6 assists. Joe Thomasson had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

NKU continues its three-game home stand 7 p.m. Thursday against Youngstown State. The game will be televised on ESPN3.

Summary

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

@ BB&T Arena, Highland Heights, Kentucky

Wright State 60, Northern Kentucky 46

W – 27 – 33 — 60
N – 28 – 18 — 46

(60) WRIGHT STATE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Karena 4-0-1-9, Benzinger 1-1-0-3, Alstork 6-1-5-18, Thomasson 4-1-2-11, Minnis 2-0-0-4, Yoho 6-1-0-13, Ernsthausen 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 24-4-8-60.

(46) NORTHERN KENTUCKY (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Garnett 1-0-1-3, Billups 4-0-1-9, White 3-0-2-8, Holland II 3-0-2-8, Murray 3-2-0-8, Cole 1-1-0-3, Giesler 0-0-2-2, McDonald 1-0-0-2, Danos 1-1-0-3. TOTALS 17-4-8-46.

FIELD GOALS: W 24/54 (Alstork 6/10, Yoho 6/13, Karena 4/8, Thomasson 4/7); N 17/41 (Billups 4/8, White 3/8, Holland 3/11, Murray 3/3)

3 POINT FIELD GOALS: W 4/13; N 4/13 (Murray 2/2)

FREE THROWS: W 8/11 (Alstork 5/7); N 8/17

REBOUNDS: W 32 (Thomasson 7, Alstork 6, Minnis 5, Karena 5); N 30 (Billups 9, Garnett 4, Holland 4, Murray 4)

ASSISTS: W 12 (Yoho 6); N 7

STEALS: W 8 (Alstork 3, Thomasson 2); N 5

BLOCKED SHOTS: W 2 (Alstork 2); N 2

TURNOVERS: W 7; N 13

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