Second half was an absolute clinic by NKU. Nice to see they had to sell seats in the upper arena.
McDonald was tough inside as EKU tried to guard him with smaller players. Williams might be the most athletic player on the team and with his motor it was lights out for EKU when he got the ball in the paint. NKU guard play was very good with limited turnovers and nice assists and scoring.
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky men's basketball team rolled past Eastern Kentucky on Sunday evening by a final score of 91-63. Drew McDonald and Carson Williams combined to shoot 19-of-23 (83 percent) from the floor and score 44 points in lifting NKU to 7-3 overall and 5-0 at BB&T Arena. EKU falls to 4-6 on the year.
McDonald just missed out on a double-double with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting and nine rebounds.
Williams added 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting and six rebounds, three assists and career-high five steals.
Dantez Walton and Lavone Holland II each had 10 points in the contest.
Leading by eight points at halftime, NKU started the second half on a 10-1 run to build a comfortable 17-point lead and put the game out of reach.
With the score tied 4-4 early in the first half, NKU went on a 7-0 run to take an 11-4 lead. Williams capped the run with an impressive steal and dunk.
EKU battled back and took an 18-15 lead with 10:09 to play in the half.
The Norse proceeded to go on another 7-0 run to take a 22-18 lead.
NKU took a 37-29 lead into the half, despite a 1-for-13 (7.7%) showing from behind the arc.
McDonald was the top scorer in the half with 15 points, and Walton added eight points for the Norse.
NKU was 14-of-30 (46.7%) from the floor, while EKU went 12-of-30 (40.0%).
The Norse had a big advantage in points in the paint during the half, outscoring EKU 24-10.
The Norse went on a 10-1 in the first 3:21 of the second half to build a 17-point lead.
Williams and Holland each had highlight-reel alley-oop dunks in the half.
NKU kept building on to its lead and finished the game with a 91-63 victory.
The Norse shot a blistering 25-of-35 (71.4%) from the floor in the second half.
After having just six assists in the first half, the Norse had 16 in the second half.
NKU forced eight turnovers in the half.
The Norse outscored EKU 54-34 in the half.
Four different players scored in double figures for the Norse, who improved to 5-0 on the season when four or more players reach double-digits.
NKU finished the game shooting 39-of-65 (60.0%) and held EKU to 25-of-55 (45.5%) from the floor.
The Norse outscored EKU 64-22 in the paint.
NKU also had a 39-24 advantage on the boards, which included 15 offensive rebounds. The persistency on the glass helped the team to 22 second-chance points.
The Norse also outscored EKU 21-4 in fast break points.
NKU had 22 assists on 39 made baskets in the contest.
Jordan Garnett tied a career high with five assists.
NKU travels to UMBC on Sunday, Dec. 17. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Baltimore, Maryland.
McDonald and Williams combined with a strong second half help @NKUNorseMBB roll past EKU, 91-63 - NKU Athletics