NKU rolls past Thomas More in exhibition, 84-47

NKU rolls past Thomas More in exhibition, 84-47 (NKU Athletics)

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (WKRC) – The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team rolled past Thomas More in an exhibition contest on Tuesday evening by a final score of 84-47. It was the team’s final tune-up before the regular season begins next week.

STATS LEADERS

Drew McDonald just missed out on a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Dantez Walton added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 behind the arc.

Bryant Mocaby chipped in 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor.

Tyler Sharpe and Adrian Nelson were also in double figures, as each scored 10 points.

Zaynah Robinson tallied eight points and seven assists.

TURNING POINT

Going into halftime, the Norse had a 19-point lead. NKU outscored Thomas More 24-9 over the first 11 minutes of the second half to put the game well out of reach.

FIRST-HALF SUMMARY

The Norse had a 10-3 lead at the first media timeout. Jalen Tate was 2-for-2 from the floor early in the game, and NKU forced four turnovers.

NKU went on a 10-0 run midway through the half to jump out to a 30-12 lead.

The Norse went ahead 44-25 at halftime. The 19-point margin tied the largest lead of the first half.

NKU were 18-of-28 (64.3%) from the floor during the period, and McDonald led the team with 12 points. He went 4-of-4 from two-point range, 2-of-2 behind the arc, and 2-of-2 at the free throw line.

The Norse forced 11 turnovers, which led to 19 points in the half.

SECOND-HALF SUMMARY

The Norse outscored Thomas More 24-9 over the first 11 minutes of the half to build a 68-34 lead.

The Saints never got closer than 29 points in the second half, and NKU went on to win by a final score of 84-47. The 37-point margin was the largest lead of the game.

NKU held Thomas More to 6-of-23 (26.1%) shooting in the half.

The Norse went 17-of-25 (68.0%) on field goals during the period.

NKU also had a 22-0 advantage in points in the paint.

GAME NOTES

The Norse went 24-for-24 on two-point field goals in the game.

NKU shot 11-of-29 (37.9%) on three-point attempts.

The Norse had 26 assists in the contest compared to five for Thomas More.

NKU’s bench outscored Thomas More’s bench 33-3.

The Norse had a 46-4 advantage in points in the paint.

NEXT UP

The Norse open up the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Wilmington. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at BB&T Arena, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Information provided by NKU Athletics

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