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Norse Claim Top Spot in Horizon League, Could Win Outright Title Sunday

Northern Kentucky claimed at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title on Friday night, beating Illinois-Chicago on the road, 79 to 72.

Wright State, which has had the Norse's number in both games this season and shared the top spot in the league heading into Friday, was upset by IUPUI in an early game, paving the way for a Norse championship.

If NKU is able to get past IUPUI in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon, the regular season title belongs to the Norse.

Northern Kentucky (21-8, 14-3) held off a surging UIC (17-13, 12-5), pushing the Flames two games back in the league standings.

Ten players took the court for the Norse and all scored.

Lavone Holland II had a game-high 25 points. Carson Williams added 14 and Jordan Garnett chipped in 10 for the Norse.

The game was tied at 61 with 5:31 left when Drew McDonald and Garnett both hit three-point shots, followed by a pair of free throws from Holland to push NKU to an 8 to 0 run. NKU then held on the rest of the way for the win.

Regardless of Sunday's outcome, NKU will either be the #1 or #2 seed in next weekend's Horizon League tournament in Detroit which will send one team to the NCAA Tournament. NKU won that tournament last year, in its first year eligible for the NCAA, and went on to play Kentucky in the first round of "the Big Dance" last season.

The River City News will be in Detroit for the Horizon League tournament.

NKU women fall to UIC

On the women's side, the Norse fell 73 to 55 at UIC. Northern Kentucky is 8-20 overall and 6-11 in the Horizon League. Molly Glick and Taryn Taugher had 13 points each to lead the Norse. Mikayla Terry added 12.

The Norse close out their regular season at IUPUI on Sunday.

-Staff report