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NKU men’s basketball ends regular season second in the Horizon League, 64-62

Dantez Walton (32) talks with Men's Basketball Head Coach Darrin Horn  during a free throw during the game against Wright State. The Norse fell to Wright State 64-62 during the final home game of the season.

Matthew Dietz, Contributor

February 29, 2020

The Wright State Raiders men’s basketball team defeated the Northern Kentucky Norse 64-62 on Friday night, writing another chapter in what has become a storied rivalry in the Horizon League.  With the victory, Wright State has clinched the regular-season championship in the Horizon League standings, earning the number-one seed in the Horizon League Tournament.

WSU remains top of the Horizon League with 95-63 win over NKU

WSU remains top of the Horizon League with 95-63 win over NKU

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor

January 25, 2020

Friday nights match up at Nutter Center ended in the Wright State Raiders favor with a whopping 32 point win. NKU now falls to 14-7 on the season and 6-3 in the conference. Wright State advances to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the Horizon League, only falling to UIC 76-72.

NKU v WSU: Who will end on top?

Graphic with The Northerner logo, NKU Norse logo, The Wright State Guardian logo and Wright State athletics logo in all four corners.

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.

Norse fall to Horizon League no. 2 Wright State Raiders in nail-biter

Norse fall to Horizon League no. 2 Wright State Raiders in nail-biter

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor

January 17, 2020

The game came down to the last minute Friday night at BB&T Arena, where NKU women’s basketball team fell 55-63. The Norse now stand 9-9 overall and 3-4 in the conference. Sophomore point guard Ally Niece led the game with 16 points, five assists and three steals. sophomore point guard Taylor Clos had 13 points, shooting 3-of-4 big time 3-point baskets.

Women’s Soccer team takes down Wright State in First Round of Conference Finals

Shawna Zaken (8) reacts after scoring a goal during the quarter final game of the Horizon League Tournament Against Wright State. The Norse defeated Wright State 3-1 and will advance to the Semi-Final game in Milwaukee.

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor

November 4, 2019

NKU women's soccer team took down Wright State 3-1 in the Horizon League Quarterfinals Monday night. Freshman forward Lindsey Meyer scored the first goal of the night in the 23rd minute.

Analysis: NKU must take early control to beat Wright State

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).

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. “I think it’s great: the Co-Champions League playing each other for the regular season Champions Le...

Norse defeat conference rival Wright State 68-64

Norse defeat conference rival Wright State 68-64

Sierra Newton, Sports Editor

January 11, 2019

The NKU men’s basketball team held off Horizon league rivals Wright State 68-64. The Norse now move 4-1 in conference play and 14-4 overall. Wright State Raiders moves to 2-3 in the conference and 8-10 overall.

Wright State ends NKU’s win streak

Grace White (1) guards a Detroit Mercy player.

Mike Canizales, Reporter

February 18, 2018

The Northern Kentucky women’s basketball team snapped their three game winning streak by falling to Wright State University 73-60 on the road Saturday afternoon. The Norse fall to 8-18 and 6-9 in conference play while the Raiders improve to 19-8 and 10-5 in Horizon League play. Taryn Taugher wen...

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...

Norse Notebook: Brannen looking for ways to improve against size

Carson Williams (23) watches for a rebound after a free throw in the game against Wright State.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

January 15, 2018

If the Norse have suffered one weakness this season, it is that they struggle against size inside. This was exposed against Wright State, who collected four blocks in Thursday’s game. “Size has been an issue so far this season for us in terms of getting the ball where we want to get it,” said J...

Benzinger, Raiders end NKU’s four game win streak

An NKU coach talks to Dantez Walton (32) during the game against Wright State.

Christopher Decker, Managing Editor

January 11, 2018

BB&T Arena had not witnessed an NKU men's basketball loss since Jan. 20, 2017. 5,000 energized fans filled the arena Thursday, hoping they would witness the 14th straight home victory for the Norse. Instead, they witnessed a career night from Grant Benzinger, who was seemingly unphased by the n...

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