Northern Kentucky Wins Horizon League, is Headed to NCAA Tournament
Northern Kentucky needed a miracle on Monday night to advance from the Horizon League tournament semifinals, and Drew McDonald delivered it in a last-second three-point victory-sealing win over Oakland.
But the Norse needed no such miracle on Tuesday night in the finals against Wright State.
NKU dominated the Raiders the entire game, winning 77-66, trailing for only fifteen seconds, and earning its second NCAA Tournament berth in three years.
Jalen Tate came up big and led the Norse with 17 points for Northern Kentucky (26-8). Dantez Walton added 15 points and 14 rebounds while Zaynah Robinson also scored 15. Drew McDonald scored 13 and Tyler Sharpe put in 11.
McDonald was named the most valuable player of the tournament.
The Norse have only been eligible for the NCAA Tournament over the past three seasons, winning the Horizon League tournaments this year and in 2017, and winning its regular season crown in between in 2018 and participating in the NIT.
Northern Kentucky will learn where it will play and whom it will play in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday when the selections are made public starting at 6 p.m.