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NKU v WSU: Who will end on top?

Editor's Note: Made in conjunction with Wright State Campus Reporter, Makenzie Hoeferlin.
Sierra Newton and Makenzie Hoeferlin January 24, 2020
Wright State University (WSU) and Northern Kentucky University (NKU) hold the most intense rivalry in the Horizon League, starting in 2015 when NKU joined the league. NKU and WSU have fought back and forth for years, taking turns earning Horizon League titles and going to the NCAA championships. This intense, long-term rivalry began in July of 2015 when it was announced that NKU would be joining the Horizon League.
A group of volunteers and students gather for a group photo at Conner High School.

Ethan’s Purpose: Foundation focuses on Suicide Awareness through basketball

A foundation birthed from a tragic incident brings awareness in a new way.
Sierra Newton, Sports Editor April 22, 2019
The Northern Kentucky community gathered at Conner High School in honor of Ethan Zegarra. But their tribute on April 21 was not a sorrowful one; they honored him by doing one of the things he loved most—playing basketball.
Jalen Tate (11) reacts during the final seconds of the final game of the Horizon League Tournament against Wright State. NKU defeated Wright State 77-66.

March Madness: Expert takes, odds, French connections and more

How likely are the Norse to beat the Red Raiders?
Sam Rosenstiel and Sierra Newton, Editor-in-Chief, Sports Editor March 22, 2019

It might be a longshot, but that would make an upset that much sweeter. The 14-seeded NKU Norse are taking the fight to Tulsa against 3-seed Texas Tech Red Raiders today at 1:30 p.m. in the school’s...

NKU Basketball Players cheer after the announcement of them recieving the 14th seed in the West region of the NCAA Tournament. The Norse will face No. 3 Texas Tech in the opening round.

March Madness: “Christmas for any fan”

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 17, 2019
NKU men's basketball team will face third seeded Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday, March 22. NKU Athletics held a Selection Sunday announcement party for NKU students, alumni, and fans of the community.
NKU players reacts after receiving the Horizon League Tournament Trophy. The Norse defeated Wright State 77-66.

Going dancing: Norse defeat Wright State in Horizon Championship

Norse secure March Madness bid, win second league championship since entering Division I
Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 12, 2019
NKU men’s basketball team are the 2019 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Champions after a 77-66 win over Wright State Raiders.NKU’s post season continues with a record of 26-8 and end the conference with a record of 14-5. The Raiders season ended with an overall record of 21-13 and 13-6 in the conference.
Jalen Tate (11) screams after earning a foul shot off a made basket during the semi-final game of the Horizon League Tournament against Oakland. Tate shot 6-of-18 and was credited with the assist on the game winning three by Drew McDonald (34).

Analysis: NKU must take early control to beat Wright State

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 12, 2019

It all comes down to this. With an NCAA tournament bid at stake, the NKU Norse take on the Wright State Raiders Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for the title of the 2019 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Champions....

Jalen Tate (11) hugs Drew McDonald (34) after his game winning three point shot during the semi-final game of the Horizon League Tournament. The ball was inbounded with 9 seconds on the clock.

Norse settle score against Oakland Grizzlies 64-63

Norse came back from 17 point deficit to win the game.
Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 11, 2019
The Norse advance past the Oakland Grizzlies 64-63 Monday night in the Semifinals of the Horizon League Basketball Tournament. NKUs record moves to 25-8 overall and 14-5 in the league, while ending the Grizzlies season with 16-17 overall and 11-8 in the conference.
Tyler Sharpe (15) steps to avoid a defender during the Horizon League Tournament game against Detroit Mercy. Sharpe shot 7-of-13 on the night and shot 6-of-12 from three on the game.

Norse fight to take down Detroit Mercy, advance in the tournament

This win is the teams first time meeting in the postseason.
Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 6, 2019
NKU men’s basketball team ended Detroit Mercy’s season at BB&T Arena 99-88, Thursday night in the Horizon League Quarterfinals. The Norse advance and will continue post season play. Their record moves to 24-8 on the season and 14-5 in the conference. Detroit Mercy ended with 11-20 overall and 13-6 in the league.
Jalen Tate (11) fights past a Detroit Mercy defender. Tate shot 5-of-11 on the night and had 11 points.

Preview: Norse face Titans in first round of Horizon League tournament

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 6, 2019

The first leg of the 2019 Horizon League Men’s Basketball tournament kicks off on Wednesday, March 6. The Norse will face the seventh seed Detroit Mercy Titans at BB&T Arena with tip off at 7 p.m....

Drew McDonald (34) reacts to a point during the game against IUPUI. McDonald had 24 points on the game.

Norse secure regular season conference title, narrowly defeat Green Bay

McDonald breaks NKU all-time scoring record
Sierra Newton, Sports Editor March 2, 2019
NKU men's basketball team eeked out a win against the Green Bay Phoenix 86-82, securing their second consecutive Horizon League season title.Senior Drew McDonald broke NKU's all-time scoring record with 2,011 all-time points, breaking the record previously held by Craig Booker in 2000 (2,007 points). McDonald had 13 points during Saturday's match.
Drew McDonald (34) stands on the sidelines after leaving the court on senior night during the game against Cleveland State. The Norse fell 83-77 to Cleveland State.

NKU loses home streak against Cleveland State

NKU still leads all-time series at 5-4, despite the loss.
Lilly Brown, Reporter February 24, 2019
NKU Men’s Basketball team’s home winning streak comes to an end against Cleveland State 77-83. Norse drop to second place in Horizon League Conference with a record of 11-5 and Cleveland is now 4-11 in conference play and remains in the tenth spot.
NKU Players Celebrate after a point during the game against UNC Asheville. The Norse won 77-50.

Cleveland State Preview: No. 1 meets No. 10 at BB&T

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor February 23, 2019
NKU men’s basketball hosts the number 10 team in the Horizon League Saturday night at BB&T Arena. The game is not only the last home game of the season but it is Senior Night. NKU Athletics will be recognizing graduate student point guard Zaynah Robinson and senior forward Drew McDonald.
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