4th-Largest Crowd for NKU Home Game Sees Norse Fall to Oakland

Northern Kentucky could not overcome an early deficit against Oakland in Horizon League action on Friday night at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights. 

A 3-point play by Drew McDonald pulled the Norse to within 4 with 6:16 to play, 61 to 57, but the Grizzlies answered with five straight points and NKU never got closer.

Poor shooting doomed NKU, which hit just 41 percent from the field. McDonald scored 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Norse. Mason Faulkner added 15 and Dantez Walton put in 13.

Northern Kentucky is now 14-7 overall and 7-2 in the Horizon League. Oakland improves to 14-8 and 6-3.

Attendance at Friday night's game was 5,362, the fourth-largest for an NKU home game.

The Norse are back in action Sunday with a 1 p.m. match-up at home against Detroit Mercy.

-Staff report