- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - Mason Faulkner had a career-best 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, Drew McDonald had his sixth double-double of the season and Northern Kentucky beat Youngstown State 83-70 on Thursday night.

Faulkner has established a new career high in three-straight games. McDonald had 15 points and a career-best 15 rebounds, Carson Williams added 12 points and Lavone Holland II scored 11.

Northern Kentucky (11-5, 2-1 Horizon League) closed the first half on a 17-2 run. Faulkner hit a 3-pointer and then took a steal coast-to-coast for a layup to cap the spurt and make it 35-20 at the break. Youngstown State had eight turnovers during that stretch and was scoreless for the final 4:55 of the half. The Norse made 14 of 28 first-half shots.

Cameron Morse scored 13 and Francisco Santiago had 11 points nine rebounds and five assists for the Penguins (7-9, 1-2).

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