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Cincinnati Puts Away Northern Kentucky, 78-65

Northern Kentucky fell behind midway through the first half and never became much of a threat at Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

The Bearcats easily toppled the Norse, 78-65.

The game at UC's Fifth Third Arena is the first in a home-and-home series between the two local teams, negotiated as part of NKU's agreement to allow UC to use BB&T Arena in Highland Heights last season as the Bearcat's home court while the Cincinnati arena underwent a renovation.

On Tuesday, NKU star Drew McDonald was scoreless in the first half before finding a groove in the second half and helping to pull the Norse to within 12. But that was as close as NKU would get.

With the loss, Northern Kentucky falls to 8-2 on the season. 

Tyler Sharpe led the Norse with 16 points while Jalen Tate added 13. McDonald ended up with 8 points, as did Dantez Walton and Zaynah Robinson.

On Saturday, NKU travels to Eastern Kentucky for a 6 p.m. game.

McDonald needs just two rebounds to become the all-time leader at NKU. He currently has 858, one behind LaRon Moore's school record.

-Staff report

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