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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

NKU's 15 3-pointers leads on season opener over Wheeling, 82-54

Link Athlete, Sam Vinson, made his regular season debut Tuesday for the Norse. 

The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball team (1-0) put on a high-flying show with five dunks and let it fly from 3-point range with 15 made threes as it defeated Wheeling in its home opening matchup at BB&T arena, 82-54.  
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-Hubertas Pivorius led the Norse in the scoring column with 19 points and went 5-of-10 from behind-the-arc (50 percent). 
-Adrian Nelson and Chris Brandon tied for a total of 9 rebounds each. Brandon went 2-for-2 in free throws. 
-Trevon Faulkner scored 17 points for the Norse, shooting 6-for-11 (54.5 percent) from the field. Faulkner also pitched in 2 assists and 2 defensive rebounds. 
-Trey Robinson contributed 13 points and had a total of four rebounds, going two for two in both offensive and defensive. 
-The Norse had a fourth double-figure scorer in Bryson Langdon, who added 11 points and four assists without a turnover. 
-Nearly four minutes in, Faulkner opened up the game with back-to-back three pointers, giving the Norse their first lead of the night, 6-5. 
-Langdon had a nice drive to the net, securing a layup at the 12:26 minute mark. 
-With 10:26 minute remaining, Faulkner delivered the first alley-oop of the season with an assist from Warrick. 
-Warrick had another assist leading to Robinson making a splash from behind-the-arc. The Norse regained the lead, 15-14.  
-Pivorius landed his first three-pointer of the night, with an assist from Sam Vinson. Thiry-two seconds later, Böhm mounted up an assist to Pivorius, who swished yet another three-pointer.  
-The Norse then went on an 8-0 scoring run, catalyzed by Pivorius burying a three. The run was maintained by a crucial slam dunk from Robinson, 34-14. 
-Only thirty seconds into the half, Adrian Nelson produces a layup, with an assist from Böhm. Norse with a 15-point advantage over Wheeling, 41-26. 
-Warrick sank his first three of the season at the 16:06 minute mark. He was assisted by Faulkner, helping the Norse start the half off well with a 6-0 scoring run. 
-Faulkner assisted Langdon with a 3-point field goal at the 14:19 mark. 61 seconds later, Faulkner came in hot from behind-the-arc to put NKU ahead 53-30. 
-Langdon came through with a steal, driving it through the paint with a pass to Vinson. Vinson sent the ball back to Langdon, helping Langdon secure a clean lay-in. 
-Brandon threw down a highlight-reel dunk at the 11:43 minute mark, donating to the Norse’s continual lead and extending it to 62-37. 
-Northern Kentucky made 50 percent of its shots on the evening, going 31-of-62 from the floor. 
-NKU was also impressive from 3-point territory, connecting on 15-of-38 (39.5 percent). 
-The high-flying quartet of Robinson, Faulkner, Brandon and Nelson threw down five total dunks on the night, including two from Robinson. 
-The Norse contributed 12 points from turnovers and 28 points from the paint. 
-Northern Kentucky’s bench was sensational on the night totaling 48 points. 

Sam Vinson started the first game of the season, logging 24:45 of playing time. He totaled 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block and 1 point.
The Norse will compete in their second regular season home game at BB&T arena on Friday, Nov. 12. against UNC Greensboro. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN+ and The Project. 

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