NKU men rebound on road, Oakland Hands NKU women second straight loss

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Northern Kentucky 74, Green Bay 53 (men)

The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team got back in the win column on Saturday with a road win at Green Bay.

NKU (11-8, 6-2) hit 12 three-pointers, won the rebounding battle 38-27 and forced 15 Green Bay (2-17, 1-7) turnovers in the 21-point victory.

Marques Warrick led the attack with 21 points in just 27 minutes of play, continuing to climb up the all-time NKU scoring list, passing Dan Fleming for 18th all time with 1,293 points. Chris Brandon added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season. Sam Vinson was also in double figures with 13 points, also adding five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Trevon Faulkner added nine points as he also continues to move up the all-time scoring list, the nine points giving him 1,500 all-time and moving up to 11th in program history and needing three points to pass Craig Conley and into the top 10.

Xavier Rhodes added eight points as the starting five combined for 67 of the 74 points.

NKU led 39-25 lead at half and Green Bay never got closer than 12 in the second half.

The win paired with a Milwaukee loss puts the Norse back into a tie for first place in the Horizon League with Milwaukee and Youngstown State, all sitting at 6-2 in the division. With the win, and some help from Wright State (who knocked off Milwaukee), NKU returns to the top of the Horizon and is tied for first overall with Milwaukee and Youngstown State at 6-2 in conference play.

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NKU returns to action on Thursday when they host Cleveland State at Truist Arena at 7 p.m.

Oakland 74, Northern Kentucky 67 (women)

The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team hoped to avoid this position on the road trip to Michigan.

But the Norse (9-7, 3-4) fell behind 16-10 after the first quarter and lost the Horizon League battle against the Oakland University Grizzlies (8-8, 3-4), 74-67 on Friday.

The biggest differences came on second-chance points and bench points. Oakland outrebounded Northern Kentucky, 49-26 leading to 24 second-chance points compared to one for the Norse. The Golden Grizzlies also had 28 bench points to just 10 for the Norse.

Brooke Daniels led Oakland with a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds. Cameron Grant and Alexis Johnson added 13 and 12, respectively.

NKU sophomore guard Khamari Mitchell-Steen puts up a free throw in a recent game. Mitchell-Steen scored 18 points in NKU’s loss at Oakland on Friday. Photo provided | NKU athletics

Sophomore guard Khamari Mitchell-Steen recorded the second-highest point total of the season with 18 points to go with three rebounds and one blocked shot. This marked the third time she had a double-digit scoring game for the Norse.

Sophomore guard Kailee Davis scored 14 points to go with three steals and graduate student Lindsey Duvall had 12 points, six rebounds and four steals for NKU. Duvall has 14 double-digit scoring games this year and Davis had 10.

Northern Kentucky travels to Detroit Mercy on Sunday for a 1 p.m.


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