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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 23, 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...

Career high for McDonald as Norse pound Blue Hens

Career high for McDonald as Norse pound Blue Hens

Austin Elmore, Reporter

November 19, 2016

OXFORD, Ohio -- Coming off a 77-69 loss to Austin Peay on Friday night, the NKU men’s basketball team rebounded Saturday by defeating Delaware 74-53 in their second game of the Tarkett Sports Classic at Miami University in Oxford. NKU finished the game shooting 40 percent and played well on the glass, ou...

Norse can’t hold second half lead, fall to Austin Peay

Norse can’t hold second half lead, fall to Austin Peay

Matt Sexton, Managing Editor

November 18, 2016

OXFORD, Ohio -- The NKU men's basketball team showed flashes of its talent Friday combined with some of the frustrations of its youth. For 28 minutes, the Norse ran its offense with near perfection, getting open looks all over the floor. They stifled Austin Peay on the defensive end of the floor. Howev...

Hill too large as NKU falls short at Illinois

Hill too large as NKU falls short at Illinois

Matt Sexton, Managing Editor

November 13, 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois -- After trailing by as many as eight in the first half, Big Ten member Illinois rallied in the second half Sunday to defeat the NKU men's basketball team 79-64. A strong start propelled the Norse (1-1) to a 32-24 lead with 3:27 left in the first half. Illinois (2-0) trimmed the defic...

UPDATE: NKU student says four basketball players involved in her assault

UPDATE: NKU student says four basketball players involved in her assault

Christopher Decker, Abby Anstead, Sports Editor, Editor-in-Chief

August 24, 2016

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Four Northern Kentucky University basketball players have been linked to a possible assault incident involving a female student that occurred at a fraternity party in March. According to a police report obtained by The Northerner, the woman was punched by the four men, causing her to suf...

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