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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