The Northerner

Norse notebook: Young team poised at game’s end

NKU head coach John Brannen talks to Cole Murray during Sunday's Horizon League tournament quarterfinal against Wright State.

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2017

DETROIT -- A popular topic of discussion early in the season was about the youth of the NKU men’s basketball team. The website KenPom.com ranked the Norse 293rd-most experienced out of 351 Division I basketball teams. However, during this streak of eight wins in nine games, the young Norse have been the more poised t...

Third time’s the same: Norse advance to semifinals

NKU's Carson Williams (23) goes up over Grant Benzinger (13) during Sunday's Horizon League quarterfinal game at Joe Louis Arena.

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...

Bothof to SGA: NKU-UC to play in basketball in future

BB&T Arena, home of the NKU Norse basketball.

Hannah Hagedorn, Asst. News Editor

March 2, 2017

Editor's note: A previous version of the story said UC and NKU would play next season. Bryan McEldowney, assistant athletic director, corrected the information to state that the two schools would play, "in the future," but not next season. The corrected version of the story appears below. Confirmation of an NKU-U...

WATCH: NCAA tourney bids on the Horizon?

WATCH: NCAA tourney bids on the Horizon?

Matt Sexton and Christopher Decker

March 1, 2017

NKU MEN 3 WINS FROM BIG DANCE By Matt Sexton, Editor-in-Chief In its first full season of Division I membership, the NKU men’s basketball team’s outstanding season has garnered national attention. With a 21-win regular season and an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter complete, the Norse now set it...

Norse break four game skid by blasting Milwaukee

Taryn Taugher (11) looks inside for Rebecca Lyttle (3) during Friday's game against Milwaukee.

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-Chief

February 24, 2017

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - One team entered BB&T Arena Friday night with a four-game winning streak including a win over perennial power Green Bay. One team entered with a four-game losing streak. In a reversal of fortune, Northern Kentucky never trailed Friday, breaking its losing streak in style by blowing out M...

Athletics officially induct 2017 class

Former NKU women's basketball star Linda Honigford gives her Hall of Fame speech.

February 24, 2017

Thursday night Northern Kentucky University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics inducted seven individuals and one team into its Hall of Fame. The 2017 Hall of Fame class consists of Steven Beattie, Bethany Gastright Flick, Linda Honigford, Andy Listerman, Matt Marksbury, Derrik Moeves, Ricki Rot...

Strong finish lifts Norse over Wright State

Cole Murray (25) had 23 points Tuesday in NKU's win 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...

Preview: Softball hopes versatility will guide them to winning season

Preview: Softball hopes versatility will guide them to winning season

Amanda Meagher, Contributor

February 17, 2017

After placing ninth in the Horizon League’s 2017 preseason poll, the Northern Kentucky University softball team is motivated to advance their record this year and improve from last year’s 13-40 record in their second stint of Horizon League play. After doubling the team’s win record in her first ye...

Free throws guide Norse to victory over Vikings

Free throws guide Norse to victory over Vikings

Christopher Decker, Sports Editor

February 17, 2017

The NKU Norse men's basketball team hung on in the final minutes of regulation to beat Cleveland State 62-60 in Cleveland. NKU improves to 18-9 overall and 9-5 in Horizon League while Cleveland State falls to 8-19 and 4-11 in conference.  With the victory, the Norse are now tied for third in the Ho...

Is UC basketball coming to BB&T Arena?

NKU drew its second-largest crowd of the season Thursday as the Norse defeated Green Bay.

Matt Sexton, Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2017

In need of a home next season due to renovations to Fifth Third Arena, the University of Cincinnati basketball teams could be headed to Highland Heights. Reports intensified Thursday led by a tweet from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Tom Groeschen. He reported the Bearcats would likely play at BB&T Arena next...

VIDEO: Late defensive stops propel Norse over Green Bay

NKU's Brennan Gillis (13) had 10 points and four rebounds Thursday in NKU's win 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-...

The John Basalyga story: part 3

Basalyga, according to his daughter, is goofy and lovable away from the soccer field

Christopher Decker, Sports Editor

February 9, 2017

On the field Basalyga’s passion and competitiveness were ever present, but if you were lucky enough to get to know him off the field you would meet a slightly different character. “He’s goofy. He is weird as sin. He’s extremely playful. He says I love you all the time, he’s a hugger,” Lin...

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