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Norse Whip EKU, Improve to 7-3 on the Season

Northern Kentucky had no trouble with Eastern Kentucky on Sunday night at BB&T Arena.

The Norse whipped the Colonels 91 to 63 to improve to 7-3 on the season.

Drew McDonald led all scorers with 23 points, hitting 10 of his 13 shots, while Carson Williams added 21 points.

Dantez Walton and Lavone Holland II each put in 10 for the Norse.

Head coach John Brannen, who created a video leading up to the game urging fans to show up, said the crowd was "awesome". He wanted a big turnout as the program was honoring some alumni, former coach Ken Shields, and hanging banners. "I wanted it to be awesome for two-fold because we had some really special guests tonight, our basketball alumni we had the chance to put some banners up for, and the greatest coach in school history, Ken Shields," Brannen said after the game. "It's humbling for the players and I."

As for the game, Brannen complimented his team for its energy, effort, and playing to its identity - which he cited as three areas the squad discussed all week leading up to the game. That identity is to be an aggressive pressure defensive presence and to rebound strongly.

The Norse led by eight at the half, and opened the second half with a 10 to 1 run, putting the game out of reach early.

NKU outscored EKU 54 to 34 in the second half.

The Norse are 5-0 this season when four or more players score in double figures. The team shot 60 percent from the field. 

Next Sunday, the Norse travel to Maryland-Baltimore Co. for a Sunday afternoon match-up in Baltimore.

The 2017-18 NKU Basketball Coaches Show, hosted by Dickmann’s Sports Café, is set to kick off its nine-show schedule on Monday from 7-8 p.m. The show will air live on ESPN1530.

Jim Kelch and Steve Moeller will speak with men’s basketball head coach John Brannen, while Norse alumni Andrew Kappes will sit down with women’s basketball coach Camryn Whitaker.

During the broadcast, Dickmann’s will have drink specials available. 

Through Norse Sports Properties, a three-year partnership exists between Dickmann’s and NKU Athletics, to serve as host of the coaches show and serve as official Norse watch party location. In addition to the NKU Basketball Coaches Show, Dickmann’s is the place for Norse Nation to unite prior to and following all home games, as well as televised road games.

Dickmann’s also shows Norse Athletic events that are broadcasted on television or the ESPN3 platform, including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball on their screens.

-Staff report

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