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Norse Continue Rolling Into Horizon League Tourney; Defeat YSU 75-61


by Parker Fields


Coming into this showdown against a tough Youngstown State team the Norse had won

11 out of their last 13 games. Youngstown State did pose as a tough opponent for the Norse

coming into this game with an 18-12 overall record, so we knew this game was going to be a

battle.


This game started out honestly probably how you thought it would, a shootout. This

game early was a back-and-forth battle with both teams just trading buckets for the first 10

minutes or so. Then Youngstown had a little run for themselves. Youngstown State went to a

zone defense that stifled NKU for 3 or 4 minutes. The Norse were struggling to score once

they went to the zone. However, once NKU started attacking the middle of the zone and finding

open shooters from there, the Norse had no problems. The Norse three-headed monster at

guard between Marques Warrick, Sam Vinson, and Trevon Faulkner shot an outstanding 8-10

combined from three in the half. Overall, the Norse were able to control the tempo of the game

and play fast how they want to. On the other end of the floor, the Norse couldn’t really stop

Youngstown State either. Youngstown State hit 6 threes in the half and had Senior Tevin Olison

lead the way for them. Overall when the half was over the Norse put up an outstanding

offensive effort and led the game 43-35. Marques Warrick had 16 points to lead the Norse

followed by Trevon Faulkner with 10. The Norse shot 50% from the field and 75% from three.

Youngstown State was led by Tevin Olison with 10 points and Myles Hunter with 9.

The second half was a whole different story, this game became much more of a

defensive game than it was. These teams started forcing more turnovers and getting more stops.



Ten Minutes into the half Youngstown State was shooting a horrible 0-7 from the three-

point line. This trend continued the rest of the half as there were many more defensive stops

than there were baskets scored. The Norse ended up getting some baskets when they needed

to and slowly grinded this game out for a victory. The Norse played an outstanding half

defensively giving up baskets few and far between. The Norse just gave up 26 points the entire

half and ended up winning this one 75-61. This was a dominant win for the Norse against a very

good team that showed this team can win the Horizon League Tournament next week. NKU was

led by Marques Warrick with 22 points, Sam Vinson with 14, and Trevon Faulkner with 12.

Youngstown State was led by Tevin Olison with 15 points and Will Dunn with 14 points. The

Norse ended up shooting 51% from the field and 48% from three. Youngstown State shot 44%

from the field and 35% from three.


The way the Norse have played recently they look like they may be the team to beat in

the Horizon League Tournament and will have a good shot of ending up in the Big Dance this

year.