The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team defeated Youngstown State 70-51 on Monday evening. The Norse improve to 20-8 overall and 13-3 in the Horizon League. Youngstown State falls to 8-22 and 6-11 in league play. Before the game, NKU seniors Lavone Holland II, Jordan Garnett, and Nick Ayers were recognized for their contributions to the program.
Drew McDonald led all players with 27 points and 12 rebounds. It was his fourth-straight double-double, 15th of the season and 13th in the last 18 games.
Jordan Garnett had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Carson Williams added 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Lavone Holland II contributed seven points, six rebounds and four assists.
McDonald had an emphatic three-point play with 4:49 left on the clock, which came in the midst of NKU’s 18-5 run over the final 7:03. The layup and free throw put the Norse up by double-figures.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
The Norse used a 9-0 run to take a 19-15 lead with 9:23 left in the first half. NKU took a 33-26 lead into the half.
NKU shot 11-of-29 (37.9%) from the floor and 5-of-14 (35.7%) on three-point attempts.
Youngstown State shot 11-of-31 (35.5%) on field goals and 4-of-16 (25%) from behind the arc.
Drew McDonald had 16 points in the first half for NKU.
NKU had seven assists on 11 made field goals in the half.
The first half featured five lead changes and two ties.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
Youngstown State stayed within six to eight points for the first part of the second half.
With the Norse leading 52-46, NKU outscored the Penguins 18-5 to get the 70-51 victory.
The Norse shot 12-of-23 (52.2%) from the floor and 2-of-8 (25%) on three-point attempts.
Youngstown State shot 9-of-29 (31%) on field goals and 1-of-11 (9.1%) from behind the arc.
NKU had an 8-0 advantage in fast break points in the second half.
The Norse shot 23-of-52 (44.2%) on field goal attempts and went 7-of-22 (31.8%) from beyond the arc.
Youngstown State converted 20-of-60 (33.3%) from the floor and shot 5-of-27 (18.5%) on three-point attempts. This marks the seventh time this season in which NKU has held a team below 20 percent shooting from three.
NKU had a 41-33 rebound advantage in the game.
The Norse had 16 assists on 23 field goals.
NKU finished with a 10-2 advantage in fast break points.
In two games against Youngstown State this season, McDonald averaged 26.5 points and 14 rebounds.
With its 20th win tonight, Northern Kentucky has now posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in the Division I era.
NKU plays at UIC on Friday, Feb. 23. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
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