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McDonald Becomes All-Time Leading Scorer as Norse Clinch Horizon Title Share

Drew McDonald is now the all-time leading scorer in Northern Kentucky men's basketball history.

The senior, a graduate of Newport Central Catholic, scored 13 points in a win at Green Bay on Saturday afternoon, giving him 2,011 for his 4-year career in Highland Heights, and moving him past previous all-time scoring leader Craig Sanders's 2,007 mark.

With the 86-82 win, the Norse clinched at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title. Wright State's game with Milwaukee was later on Saturday, and would determine whether NKU sits at #1 alone or shares the peak with the Raiders.

Northern Kentucky is 23-8 overall this season and 13-5 in the Horizon League, its second straight season with at least a share of the regular season crown.

Saturday's game was tight down the stretch. Back to back lay-ups by Jalen Tate and Paul Djoko gave the Norse a 6-point lead, 85-79, with sixteen seconds left to play. Green Bay (16-15, 10-8) followed up with a three, but a pair of free throws by NKU's Tyler Sharpe sealed the four-point win.

Tate led the team with a career-high 30 points. Sharpe added 16 points and a career-high 9 rebounds. Dantez Walton scored 11, and Djoke also had a career-high scoring night with 7 points.

NKU will host a Horizon League tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday at BB&T Arena. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., but the opponent is not yet known.

NKU Women secure #5 seed in Horizon League tournament

Northern Kentucky's women's basketball team is coming on strong at the right time, winning four straight games.

The Norse won at Detroit Mercy on Saturday, 81-63, finishing the regular season with an overall record of 11-17, but a winning record of 10-8 in the conference.

Ally Niece led the Norse with a career-high 22 points, including four three-point shots. Grayson Rose scored 15 and added 10 rebounds for the Norse. Taylor Close added 14, with three three-point shots, while Molly Glick scored 11.

The ten wins in conference play are the most for the Norse since joining the conference.

NKU will play as a #5 seed in the Horizon League tournament, which starts on the road for the Norse at #4-seed IUPUI. Tip-off is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m.

-Staff report

Photo: Drew McDonald