NKU Uses Wild Inbound Play in Defeat of Wright State
Northern Kentucky held off Horizon League rival Wright State, 68-64, at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights on Friday night.
Nearly 6,000 fans attended the game.
NKU improved to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference while the Raiders fell to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in league play.
Drew McDonald led the Norse with 22 points and 12 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season. Jalen Tate added 19 points, shooting 8 for 10 from the floor. Tyler Sharpe scored 14.
With NKU leading 64-62, Sharpe grabbed a loose ball on the next Wright State possession and called a timeout. McDonald then drained a three to put the Norse up 67-62 with 40 seconds left. Wright State added a bucked with 11 seconds left to close the gap at 67-64, but Sharpe closed things out with a free throw to put the game out of reach as time expired.
The Norse are now undefeated at BB&T Arena this season, with an 11-0 record. Friday night's crowd, which was officially tallied at 5,848, was the largest of the season.
NKU travels to Cleveland State next, with a match-up on Thursday at 7 p.m. CSU knocked NKU out of last season's Horizon League tournament in Detroit in the opening round in an upset that sent the Norse to the NIT rather than a repeat appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
An inbound play by NKU is garnering national attention on social media and television.
In the play, to delay a planned foul by Wright State, all five Norse took to the out-of-bounds area on the other side of the baseline under the Raiders' basket before sprinting into the court.
Take a look:
Anyone else see that Northern Kentucky inbounds play? pic.twitter.com/96X8S02FpM
— Kyle Neddenriep (@KyleNeddenriep) January 12, 2019