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Third time’s the same: Norse advance to semifinals

Third time’s the same: Norse advance to semifinals

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-Chief

March 5, 2017

DETROIT -- One of the youngest teams in the Division I basketball is now the highest remaining seed in its conference tournament. The NKU men's basketball team won its first-ever Horizon League tournament game Sunday night, defeating Wright State 82-77 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. With upsets of to...

Norse earn 20th win of the season

Norse earn 20th win of the season

Austin Elmore, Assistant Sports Editor

February 24, 2017

The NKU men’s basketball team recorded win number 20 on the season Friday night, defeating Horizon League foe UIC at BB&T Arena. The Norse now stand at 11-6 in Horizon League play and 20-10 overall. “I was really proud of our guys for finishing at the end,” Head coach John Brannen said. ...

Strong finish lifts Norse over Wright State

Strong finish lifts Norse over Wright State

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-Chief

February 21, 2017

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. --  Trailing by seven at the half, Northern Kentucky outscored Wright State 50-36 in the second half Tuesday in an 83-76 victory over the Raiders. NKU (19-10 overall, 10-6 Horizon League) outscored Wright State (19-10, 10-6) 20-9 over the final 6:05 of the game. The win moves N...

VIDEO: Late defensive stops propel Norse over Green Bay

VIDEO: Late defensive stops propel Norse over Green Bay

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2017

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Kentucky -- Two huge late defensive stands for Northern Kentucky were critical as the Norse held off second place Green Bay 69-67 Thursday at BB&T Arena. After going all season without playing a game that finished with a margin of four points or less, the Norse (16-9 overall, 7-...

Faulkner hits career high as Norse blast Penguins

Faulkner hits career high as Norse blast Penguins

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-Chief

January 5, 2017

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Kentucky -- The young NKU men's basketball team continues to play like a veteran squad. A team laden with freshmen and sophomores, the Norse players seem to take turns taking over basketball games. On Thursday, it was freshman Mason Faulkner's turn. Faulkner scored a career-high ...

Oakland pulls away late to defeat Norse

Oakland pulls away late to defeat Norse

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-chief

December 31, 2016

ROCHESTER, Michigan -- In a big early-season battle in the Horizon League, Oakland managed to pull away late to hold off Northern Kentucky 76-65. The game was tied at 35 at the intermission. Baskets early in the half by Drew McDonald and Carson Williams gave NKU a 39-35 lead.  Oakland responded with a...

Norse drain 14 threes in win over Detroit Mercy

Norse drain 14 threes in win over Detroit Mercy

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-chief

December 29, 2016

DETROIT, Michigan -- The NKU men's basketball team overcame a first-half deficit in its Horizon League opener Thursday night by burying long-range shots. The Norse made 9 of 16 from three-point range in the second half and defeated Detroit Mercy 81-70. NKU (10-4) outscored Detroit Mercy 47-31 in t...

Strong second half propels West Virginia past NKU

Strong second half propels West Virginia past NKU

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-chief

December 24, 2016

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- NKU put an early scare into the 11th ranked men's basketball team in the country Friday. The Norse led by eight early, but West Virginia clamped down on defense, forcing 25 NKU turnovers in a 92-61 win. Northern Kentucky (9-4) raced out to a 12-4 lead after making its first...

Norse sluggish, but pull away for sixth straight win

Norse sluggish, but pull away for sixth straight win

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-chief

December 21, 2016

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Kentucky -- A mid-week matchup against a 2-8 NAIA team is usually nothing more than a tune-up game. Brescia was determined to be much more than a tune-up. Two days before traveling to West Virginia to take on the 11th-ranked Mountaineers, the NKU men's basketball team was sluggis...

Norse defense finishes strong in win over Eastern Illinois

Norse defense finishes strong in win over Eastern Illinois

Matt Sexton, Managing Editor

December 7, 2016

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Kentucky -- For the NKU men's basketball team, it all comes down to EMP. Emotional, mental and physical buy-in -- the three phases of the game that head coach John Brannen stresses to his team. All three were on display in the second half of Wednesday's 80-70 victory over Eastern ...

McDonald scores 32 as Norse beat Morehead State

McDonald scores 32 as Norse beat Morehead State

Matt Sexton, Managing Editor

November 30, 2016

MOREHEAD, Kentucky -- An impressive season for Drew McDonald reached new heights Wednesday night. The sophomore forward scored a career-high 32 points as Northern Kentucky defeated Morehead State 84-79. McDonald, who has now scored 20 or more points in five straight games, also had 11 rebounds for ...

Scoring droughts doom Norse in loss to NC Central

Scoring droughts doom Norse in loss to NC Central

Matt Sexton, Managing Editor

November 26, 2016

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Kentucky -- The most veteran team in NCAA basketball taught a hard lesson to one of the youngest Saturday night at BB&T Arena. Two prolonged scoring droughts, combined with an outstanding individual performance, were too much for the NKU men's basketball team to overcome Saturda...

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