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McDonald Sets Free Throw Record as NKU Wins 20th Straight at Home

Drew McDonald now owns the record at Northern Kentucky for the most free throws made in a men's basketball career.

The senior nailed all twelve of his shots from the charity stripe in a Thursday night win over Youngstown State.

Northern Kentucky (21-7, 11-4) beat Youngstown State (12-17, 8-8), 76-69, ending the Penguins' late-season winning streak at 6 games. With the victory, NKU won has won twenty straight games at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights.

McDonald, who scored 27 points in the game and added 12 rebounds, has now hit 435 free throws over his four seasons for the Norse, setting the new record.

Jalen Tate added 15 points for NKU, while Tyler Sharpe scored 14, including a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line.

The game was tight down the stretch. Youngstown State held a narrow lead, 64-63, with 3:37 left to play. But NKU went on a 9-0 run to lead by eight with 40 seconds left.

In addition to setting the free throw record, McDonald's 27 points now give him 1,976 in his career, just four behind Brady Jackson, who played from 1998 to 2002, for second place on the all-time scoring list. Craig Sanders, who also played from 1998 to 2002, is the all-time leader with 2,007 points, also within reach for McDonald this season with three more conference games to play before the Horizon League post-season tournament.

On Saturday, NKU will honors its seniors McDonald and Zaynah Robinson in its final home game of the year with a 7 p.m. tip-off against Cleveland State (8-21, 3-13).

-Staff report

Photo: Drew McDonald (via NKU)