Northern Kentucky Wins 5th Straight, Takes Lead in Horizon League

Saturday night was special at BB&T Arena where Northern Kentucky held off a feisty Green Bay on Homecoming night for its fifth straight win, all in front of the second-largest crowd since NKU became an NCAA Division I program.

And the victory propelled the Norse to the top of the Horizon League standings as Wright State fell to Milwaukee.

Northern Kentucky beat Green Bay 86 to 80 Friday night to improve to 19-7 overall and 12-2 in the Horizon League.

Tyler Sharpe led the Norse, tying his career high with 19 points, nailing 5 of 9 three-point attempts. Lavone Holland II added 17 points, and Drew McDonald notched another double-double, his thirteenth of the season, with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Jordan Garnett scored 10 for NKU.

The game was tight, and the Norse held on to a flimsy 72 to 71 lead with 5:16 left to play but a three by Sharpe and a layup by Holland gave NKU some room. Green Bay (10-18, 5-10) never got closer than 3 after that.

6,455 people attended the game.

Next up for the Norse is a date at rival Wright State (19-8, 11-3) on Friday. NKU lost at home to the Raiders last month, 84 to 81.

NKU women win third straight game

Northern Kentucky held off Detroit Mercy on Saturday at BB&T Arena for its third straight win. The Norse (8-17, 6-8) were led by Jazmyne Geist's career-high 14 points. Mikayla Terry and Taryn Taugher added 12 apiece.

The Norse travel to Wright State next Saturday.

​-Staff report

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