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McDonald Joins 1,000-Point Club as NKU Rolls Over Morehead State

Drew McDonald joined Northern Kentucky's 1,000-point club as the Norse rolled past Morehead State, 86 to 49 on Saturday night in Highland Heights. The Newport Central Catholic grad dropped 22 points on the visiting Eagles to lead all scorers.

NKU is now 6-2 on the season and 4-0 at BB&T Arena.

"It's a great accomplishment," McDonald said after the win. He noted that he was happy to achieve the goal in front of family and friends, and credited his teammates with giving him the opportunity. 

Lavone Holland II added 17 points while Carson Williams put in 13. Jeff Garrett and Jalen Tate added 10 each.

The Norse cruised 34 to 10 over the last 14 minutes of the game to put it out of reach.

"I think we took the next step as a team," head coach John Brannen said. "For the first seven games we've gotten leads and we haven't increased them, in fact we've fallen back." The team focused on this issue, he said, and followed through on the court Saturday night.

NKU started the game with a 7 to 0 run, with McDonald scoring 5 of those points. The Norse led by ten, 38 to 28, at the half.

The second half started with an 11 to 0 run by Northern Kentucky, and when McDonald hit a 3 at the 18:43 mark, he joined the 1,000-point club.

McDonald is the 26th player to score 1,000 points for NKU. He is the second player to achieve that mark in the program's Division I history, which started in 2012-13. Tyler White scored 1,114 points from 2012 to 2016.

McDonald's mother, Christie (Freppon) McDonald is also in the NKU 1,000-point club. She is the 12th all-time leading scorer for the women's program with her 1,339 career points scored between 1987 and 1991.

The Norse shot 59 percent from the field and hit 12 of 20 three-point attempts.

NKU hits the road on Wednesday to take on East Tennessee State in a rematch from a November 10 meeting that the Norse won, 81 to 63.

-Staff report