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Tyler Sharpe's 30 Points Lead NKU to 79-64 Victory over Illinois St.

(Photo Courtesy of Jeff McCurry)

While people were watching the Cincinnati Bengals get destroyed by the New England Patriots, Northern Kentucky kept their hot shooting alive in an impressive victory over Southern Illinois 79-64.

The Norse were lead by Tyler Sharpe's career high 30 points. A game Sharpe described as a "slump buster" after rough stretch of games where shots weren't falling. Sharpe shot 10/17 from the field and 5/8 from the arch leading the way for the Norse to their eighth victory of the season.

Dantez Walton also had a great game with a career high seven assists to go along with his 19 points and six rebounds to keep his impressive performance through the season alive. Walton shot 7/10 and 3/6 from three point land.

Northern Kentucky's Matchup zone defense continued to be a huge part of their success for the season holding Illinois State to just 36% from three. Illinois State came into the game shooting 39% from 3 point land as a team through the season with five of their players shooting 35% or better individually through the year.

NKU is now 8-3 on the season and have just one more non-conference game on the season when they play UNC-Greensboro of the southern conference. UNC Greensboro is also 8-3 before their game tomorrow against the College of Charleston. NKU will tip against Greensboro next Saturday at 7:00 PM EST.

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