Northern Kentucky Notches First Horizon League Win in Decisive Fashion

Northern Kentucky opened the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back, earning their first conference win in the Horizon League with a 84-64 victory over visiting Youngstown State. Four Norse scored in double-figures, led by 20 points from senior guard Tyler White who proved to be a strong finisher at the basket. Senior forward Jalen Billups continues to be one of the most efficient players in the country, scoring 14 points on 6-7 from the field, in only 11 minutes. Youngstown State came into the game averaging 77.6 points per game. But the Norse were able to force the Penguins into taking a lot of difficult shots. Typically a good shooting team, Youngstown State could rarely find any offensive rhythm. With the absence of injured star center Bobby Hain, the Penguins really lack interior scoring threats. They were led by sophomore guard Cameron Morse, who had an impressive 29 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. Morse continues to make a strong case for being an All-Horizon League First Team selection. Matt Donlan added 15 points, including 3-5 from three-point range. Northern Kentucky led by as many as 27 points in the second half, when they were up 63-36. Not only were the Norse impressive defensively, they were also a very good transition team by converting on several fastbreaks. It is amazing how Northern Kentucky was able to win by such a large margin, despite only attempting six free throws the entire game. They made up for this by shooting a red-hot 48% from the field. A 47-32 rebounding advantage also helped the Norse to get more possessions and second-chance opportunities. Northern Kentucky (5-10, 1-3) looks to climb up the standings as they host struggling Cleveland State on Saturday. Youngstown State (7-11, 2-3) will visit Wright State on Saturday night.

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