With Rout of Detroit Mercy, NKU is Now 15-7 Overall, 8-2 in Horizon League

Northern Kentucky fell back on its strong defense to pull away from Detroit Mercy on Sunday, winning 72 to 44 at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights.

The Norse bounced back from Friday night's home loss to Oakland, which knocked them back to second place in the Horizon League behind Wright State after ten conference games.

Coach John Brannen said that even though the team is not playing its best basketball, he was happy with Sunday's performance considering that the team did not leave the arena on Friday night until 11:30.

"We defended and that's the story of this game, that's the story of this team this season," Brannen said after the win. "I don't think we played our best basketball and I'm OK with that, because right now we need to be ascending towards playing our best basketball. We're in a league where you have to win the league (to play in the NCAA tournament). You want to play your best basketball March second through the sixth."

Carson Williams led Northern Kentucky (15-7, 8-2) with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Drew McDonald had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his tenth double-double of the season, while Tyler Sharpe added 10 points, and Lavone Holland II, Jeff Garrett, and Mason Faulkner put in 8 points each.

tingy defense helped the Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team roll past Detroit Mercy on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 72-44. With the win, NKU moves to 15-7 overall and 8-2 in the Horizon League. Detroit Mercy falls to 6-17 on the season and 2-8 in League play.

The Norse used its balanced offense to pull away from Detroit (6-17, 2-8) early, using a 13 to 0 run to take a 31 to 14 lead with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half. NKU would lead by as many as 32 in the second half.

The Norse hit 11 three-pointers on 30 attempts and out-rebounded Detroit 47 to 29.

Northern Kentucky heads to Youngstown State (6-17, 4-6) on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.