HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team bested the Raiders of Wright State in an 81-75 performance. NKU moves to 13-9 on the season and 11-6 in the Horizon League, as Wright State drops to 17-5 overall and 15-4 in the Horizon League.
- Marques Warrick led all scorers in the game with 23 points on the night. He went 7-of-17 from the floor and dropped five from downtown on eight attempts. He added four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block to complete his night.
- Trevon Faulkner was second in the scoring column for the Norse with 17 points to his name. Four rebounds and four assists also helped lift NKU to the win.
- Bryson Langdon dished out a team-best seven assists throughout the game to accompany his 15-point, six-rebound performance.
- David Böhm rounded out double-digit scoring for NKU with 14 points on 5-of-8 (63 percent) shooting from the field and 3-of-4 (75 percent) from long range. He seized six rebounds of the 39 corralled by the Norse.
- Adrian Nelson snagged a game-high 11 rebounds to go with nine points.
- Böhm scored a fashionable and-one as the shot clock expired with 7:25 remaining in the competition. His three-point play lifted the Norse to a 67-57, 10-point lead that Wright State did not overcome.
FIRST HALF SUMMARY
- The first half featured six lead changes and six ties as the matchup proved to be an even battle.
- Wright State went on an 8-0 run, but Faulkner contradicted with a 7-0 run of his own ending with 5:33 to go in the half. His spurt featured an and-one, a smooth fadeaway jumper and another jumper to reclaim the advantage, 28-27.
- As the clock had two minutes remaining, Warrick hit a deep range bucket to lift the Norse to a two-possession, 38-32, advantage.
- The Norse tallied four more points than the Raiders at the half’s end, 42-38. The competition saw several similarities between the Norse and Raiders in field-goal percentage (48-47), rebounds (17-16) and assists (9-8), all in favor of WSU.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY
- WSU battled back at the beginning of the second half to take a two-point lead, 51-49, with 15:05 remaining in the game.
- NKU was not in the deficit for long as the 15:05 mark also marked the launch of a 10-0 run for the home team. A Faulkner bucket, a three from Böhm and Langdon each and two free throws from Langdon covered the scoring spree.
- A Böhm and-one with 7:25 on the clock gave the Norse a 10-point lead, 67-57, that proved to be insurmountable for the Raiders.
- Each team dropped 13 shots from the field in the second half. NKU converted on 13-of-29 attempts for a 45 percent display while WSU made 13-of-33 total times for a 39 percent clip.
- Warrick’s 23-point display marks the eighth time this season the freshman has scored 20 or more points. His five threes on the night match his career-high for most in a single game.
- Nelson advances to 11 games with his rebounding efforts in the double-digits. Tonight’s performance featured 11 boards.
- In the last five games, Langdon has distributed 23 assists and committed just five miscues.
- The matchup remained steady in several statistical columns. NKU lead in rebounds (39-34) and field-goal percentage (46-44), while WSU dropped one more assist than the Norse (15-14). Each team scored 30 points in the paint.
- This marks the fourth time this season the Norse have eclipsed the 80-point plateau. NKU has a 3-1 record in those games.
Northern Kentucky men’s basketball runs it back against the Raiders at BB&T Arena on Saturday, Feb. 20 in a 5 p.m. contest. The last regular-season matchup will be broadcast on ESPN3 and on radio at FOXSports1360. NKU will honor senior Adham Eleeda in a pregame ceremony.
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