The Northerner

Men’s basketball releases regular season schedule

Jalen Tate (5) gets introduced before the game against Cleveland State at Little Caesars Arena.

Mike Canizales, Sports Editor

September 8, 2018

The NKU men’s basketball team put the final touches on their 2018-19 season schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The schedule, which features 17 regular-season home games at BB&T Arena, will start on Tuesday, Oct. 30 when the Norse host Division III rival Thomas More in their only exhibition match of the season, followed by their regular season kick-off matchup against Wilmington College at home on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Gallery: Cardinals rally in second half to end NKU’s season

Lavone Holland II (30) reacts to the loss to Louisville at the KFC Yum center.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

March 13, 2018

For two and a half quarters it appeared NKU would have a chance to complete an upset over Louisville. The Norse, however, fell to the Cardinals 66-58 in the KFC YUM Center in the first round of the NIT Tuesday night, ending NKU’s season. Louisville advances to play Middle Tennessee State in t...

Like mother, like son; Drew McDonald joins mother Christie in NKU history books

Drew McDonald (34) hugs his mother before the net cutting in BB&T Arena after securing 1st place in Horizon League.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

March 13, 2018

During most NKU men’s basketball games, Christie McDonald sits in the stands as if she is a coach; her expression is stern, not wanting her son, Drew, to be able to read what she is thinking during a game. After the game is a different story, according to Drew. “It’s good game and then i...

Horizon League run ends abruptly in quarterfinals for NKU

Drew McDonald (34) reacts to the loss against Cleveland State at Little Caesars Arena.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

March 4, 2018

For the third year in a row, the number one seed in the Horizon League tournament fell in the quarterfinal round. The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team fell to Cleveland State 89-80 in Little Caesars Arena. The Norse are now 22-9 on the season and will be eligible to play in the National Invitat...

GALLERY: Norse cut down the nets after winning regular season title

Carson Williams (23) cuts off his section of the net after securing 1st place in the Horizon League.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 26, 2018

After a steak dinner and a joyful bus ride home, the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team cut down the nets in BB&T Arena after clinching the Horizon League regular season title in a 75-56 win against IUPUI. The victory topped off a season that saw the Norse collect 22 wins, 15 o...

NKU wins Horizon League regular season title with victory over IUPUI

Jalen Tate (5) talks in the huddle before the home game against IUPUI.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 25, 2018

For the first time in the Division I era, the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team has captured their conference's regular season title. The Norse defeated IUPUI 75-56 on Sunday afternoon, clinching the Horizon League regular season title and the number one seed in the postseason tournament...

Norse take first place in the Horizon League with victory over UIC

Carson Williams (23) goes up for a shot during the game against Youngstown State.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 23, 2018

The NKU men's basketball team defeated UIC 79-72 Friday night in Chicago. The Norse now hold first place in the Horizon League with a 14-3 conference record while UIC sits in third place with a 12-5 conference record. Wright State lost to IUPUI earlier in the day and they sit in second place in the...

#NorseNotebook Loyalty makes NKU senior class stand out

Head Coach John Brannen congratulates Lavone Holland II (30) as he comes out of his final home match.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 23, 2018

If you think about what the senior class of the NKU men’s basketball team has accomplished in such a short amount of time--a Horizon League championship, a NCAA Tournament appearance and back-to-back 20 win seasons--it’s staggering.   All three seniors, Jordan Garnett, Lavone Holland II and Nick Ay...

Norse can’t complete comeback; fall to Wright State for second time

Lavone Holland II (30) talks to Head Coach John Brannen during a timeout in the game against Wright State .

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 17, 2018

It felt like a playoff game Friday night in the Wright State Nutter Center. While the Raider fans made up most of the 7,000 people in the arena, section 207 was distinctly Norse fans. "The environment was impeccable," junior forward Drew McDonald said. "I can't even describe it... This is dev...

#NorseNotebook Why Friday’s game is more than just for first place

Head Coach John Brannen goes over a play during a timeout in the game against Milwaukee.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 13, 2018

While the NKU men’s basketball team came up with two victories during homecoming week, those wins did not come easy. The Norse fell into Milwaukee’s hands Thursday night, playing half court basketball much of the game and escaping with a 54-52 victory after an excellent defensive stand by sophomore T...

Gallery: Norse sweep homecoming week with victory over Green Bay

Head coach John Brannen celebrates the Norse win with one of his daughters.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 10, 2018

The NKU men's basketball team defeated Green Bay 86-80 in front of a sold out lower bowl in BB&T Arena. The Norse improve to 19-7 and are 12-2 in Horizon League play. Green Bay has now lost three straight and are 10-18 and 5-10 in conference play. "We haven't played our best basketball in f...

Norse extend road win streak against Cleveland State

Carson Williams (23) goes up for a shot in the game against Detroit.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

February 4, 2018

The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball remains undefeated on the road in Horizon League play, defeating Cleveland State 78-61. The Norse are now 10-2 in conference play and are tied for first place with Wright State, who defeated Youngstown State on Saturday. The Vikings fall to 3-9 in...

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