The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team opened the regular season with a 102-38 win over Wilmington on Tuesday evening.


  • Jalen Tate led the team with 17 points, and he also added eight rebounds.
  • Drew McDonald just missed out on a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
  • Silas Adheke added 10 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double in an NKU uniform.
  • Dantez Walton, who narrowly missed a double-double with eight boards, and Adrian Nelson each chipped in 10 points, while Bryant Mocaby and Zaynah Robinson both had nine points.


  • NKU outscored Wilmington 34-8 over the final 12:59 of the first half to put the game well out of reach.


  • The Norse started the game on an 11-0 run. McDonald and Tate had six and five points during the run, respectively.
  • Wilmington got within six points with 12:59 to play in the half, but NKU proceeded to go on a 19-0 run to extend the lead to 33-8.
  • NKU finished the half with a 10-3 run to take a 48-16 lead into halftime.
  • The Norse had a 22-0 advantage in fast break points during the half. NKU also outscored Wilmington 28-6 in the paint.
  • McDonald and Tate each had 11 points.
  • NKU held Wilmington to 5-of-31 (16.1%) shooting on field goals.
  • The Norse went 17-of-32 (53.1%) from the floor during the first period.


  • NKU went on a 10-0 run in the first 2:34 of the half to go ahead 58-16.
  • The Norse outscored Wilmington 54-22 in the stanza and coasted to a 102-38 win.
  • NKU held the Quakers to 8-of-27 (29.6%) shooting.
  • The Norse went 21-of-33 (63.6%) on field goals during the period.
  • NKU had a 29-10 rebounding advantage in the half.


  • NKU shot 38-of-65 (58.5%) on field goals during the contest.
  • The Norse held the Quakers to 13-of-58 (22.4%) shooting from the floor.
  • NKU outscored Wilmington 66-12 in the paint and also had a 37-4 advantage in fast break points.
  • NKU outrebounded the Quakers, 58-24.
  • The Norse had 13 different players see action in the contest, with 12 finding the scoring column.


  • The Norse travel to Northern Illinois on Friday, Nov. 9. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.  


Ryan Wilker

Northern Kentucky University

Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant


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