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Wright State Topples NKU in Battle for First Place in Horizon League

Northern Kentucky saw its 4-game winning streak end along with its unbeaten streak at home on Thursday night as Wright State rolled into BB&T Arena and left with an 84 to 81 win.

The Norse and the Raiders were tied for first in the Horizon League, a perch now occupied by WSU by itself now. 

"At the end of the day we just didn't guard," said NKU head coach John Brannen. "We preach defensive habits on a regular basis and for some reason those habits didn't come through to light today. I felt like we had some guys that weren't ready to play."

Wright State led 40 to 38 at halftime but started to pull away in the second half outscoring Northern Kentucky 16 to 5 over a 5-minute period to take a 73 to 67 lead with just over four minutes left to play.

NKU narrowed the lead to one possession twice, at the 1:41 mark and again at the 1:08 mark, but could not tie it up.

"Any loss is tough, especially on your home floor," said Drew McDonald, who recorded his seventh double-double for the Norse this season, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. "We had great community support tonight, a great crowd, and we didn't perform the way we needed to."

Carson Williams added 3 points while Tyler Sharpe put in 10 for the Norse.

Northern Kentucky drops to 11-6 overall and 4-1 in the Horizon League. Wright State is 13-5 and 5-0.