Norse Rout Berea, 112-33
Northern Kentucky rushed to a 24 to 0 lead and led 53 to 19 at the half before finishing a rout of Division III Berea on Wednesday night at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, 112 to 33.
The win ends a two-game losing skid and marks the first time that NKU has scored more than 100 points since January 2016 when the Norse beat Detroit Mercy, 101 to 87.
Northern Kentucky (5-2) had dropped consecutive games by two points each, to Vermont and Memphis. Head coach John Brannen looked to make adjustments.
"Coming off our last two losses, our focus was on our energy level and our toughness," Brannen said after Wednesday night's win. "I didn't feel like we played forty minutes of tough basketball that this program had become known for." Brannen said the team moved to focus on rebounding, guarding the basketball, and contesting shots. "For the most part, I thought we did that (Wednesday)."
NKU held Berea to just 14 points in the second half.
"Obviously, it was a different level of competition (but) hopefully it prepares us leading into the weekend," Brannen said.
Carson Williams led all scorers with 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting while Tyler Sharpe added 15 and Jordan Garnett put in 14, including 4 three-pointers.
Drew McDonald had 12 points and Jeff Garrett and Tre Cobbs added 11 each, as six Norse scored in double figures. The game marked the first time that six NKU players scored in double figures since a December 15, 2013 game against Chattanooga.
Ten different players scored in the first half.
NKU hit 11 of 30 three-point attempts.
The Norse are back on the floor at BB&T Arena on Saturday to face another in-state foe, Morehead State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
NKU women fall on the road
Northern Kentucky fell to 1-5 on the season as the women lost to former Atlantic Sun rival Stetson, 67 to 56, on the road Wednesday night.
Molly Glick had a career night for the Norse, with 21 points. Samari Mowbray added 11 in the loss.
Next up, NKU hosts Austin Peay on December 5.