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Wright State Holds Off Norse, Retakes Control of Horizon League

Northern Kentucky's time on top of the Horizon League was short-lived.

The Norse hung tough at Wright State on Friday night but the Raiders held on, and re-claimed the top spot in the conference and, at this point, the number one seed in the upcoming Horizon League tournament, 69 to 67.

Though both teams are now 12-3 in the conference, Wright State has beaten NKU in both match-ups this season. Northern Kentucky is now 19-8 overall while Wright State improved to 20-8.

Tyler Sharpe led the Norse with 16 points while Lavone Holland II added 15, and Drew McDonald picked up his 14th double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The game was down to the wire with the Norse coming back from 11 points down late in the second half. Holland was fouled with 2.8 seconds left and hit both free throws to cut the Wright State lead to 68 to 67, but the Raiders knocked down a free throw and missed the second one deliberately preventing NKU from getting a solid last shot.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Norse.

NKU hosts Youngstown State on Monday with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. Seniors Holland, Jordan Garnett, and Nick Ayers will be honored prior to the game.

​-Staff report

Photo: NKU bench at BB&T Arena (RCN file)