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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NKU wins Horizon League Tournament Championship, 59-53

NCC graduate, Drew McDonald, celebrates the last of his 14 points. ESPN. 
The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team has been crowned the 2017 Horizon League Tournament Champion after defeating No. 10 seed Milwaukee, 59-53, on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena. The Norse have earned an automatic NCAA Tournament berth in their first year eligible to do so since being granted full Division I status in August.

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No. 4-seeded NKU (24-10) was led by Lavone Holland II’s game-high 20 points. Drew McDonald posted his 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

En route to the championship, the Norse defeated No. 5 seed Wright State on Sunday in the quarterfinals, 82-77, and turned around to defeat No. 9 seed Youngstown State, 84-74, in the semifinals on Monday.

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