Northern Kentucky Picks Up Fourth Straight Win, Outlasts Milwaukee, 54-52
Northern Kentucky picked up its fourth straight win Thursday night, holding off Milwaukee 54 to 52 at BB&T Arena.
The Norse are now 18-7 overall and 11-2 in the Horizon League.
Drew McDonald led NKU with his 12th double-double of the season, putting up 16 points at 10 rebounds. Tyler Sharpe added 12 in his first start of the season.\
Milwaukee (13-14, 6-8) cut NKU's lead to two with 1:02 remaining and the Panthers had the final possession of the game but Jordan Bell's jumper rolled out and McDonald blocked Bryce Barnes's last-second shot.
The game was tight throughout. Northern Kentucky took a 27 to 24 lead at the halftime break, but the Panthers would take a 31 to 30 lead, and the teams would continue to trade buckets.
The Norse did not shoot well, hitting just 41 percent from the floor and 6 of 21 3-point attempts, but Milwaukee shot worse, with 36 percent from the field and 6 of 24 from beyond the arc.
NKU is back in action on Saturday when Green Bay (8-16, 5-8) rolls into Highland Heights. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will broadcast live on CW Cincinnati. The game marks homecoming for the Norse.
NKU women beat Oakland, 66 to 59
Northern Kentucky's women's team won its second straight game, downing Oakland, 66 to 59. Oakland had previously beaten NKU by 26 points earlier in the season.
The Norse are now 7-17 overall and 5-8 in the Horizon League.
Molly Glick led all scorers with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Samari Mowbray and Taryn Taugher scored 10 apiece.
NKU hosts Detroit Mercy (1-22, 1-11) on Saturday.
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