Youngstown State visits Northern Kentucky after Warrick’s 30-point game

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Youngstown State Penguins (Horizon 18-12, 12-8) vs. Northern Kentucky Norse (Horizon 17-11, 13-6)

Highland Heights, Kentucky; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Northern Kentucky hosts the Youngstown State Penguins after Marques Warrick scored 30 points in Northern Kentucky’s 78-64 win over the Robert Morris Colonials.

The Norse are 10-4 in home games. Northern Kentucky is the best team on the Horizon in team defense, allowing 66.0 points while holding opponents to 43.2 percent shooting.

The Penguins are 12-8 against Horizon opponents. Youngstown State is fifth on the Horizon with 30.1 points per game in the paint led by Garrett Covington with a 2.0 average.

The teams are playing for the second time this season in the Horizon game. The Norse won the last meeting 68-67 on January 14. Warrick scored 20 points to help lead the Norse to victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Warrick is averaging 15.8 points per game and averaging 2.9 rebounds for the Norse. Sam Vinson is averaging 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds over Northern Kentucky’s last 10 games.

Michael Akuchie is averaging 14.3 points and eight rebounds for the Penguins. Tevin Olison is averaging 1.6 3-pointers over Youngstown State’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Norse: 8-2, averaged 71.4 points, 31.5 rebounds, 14.7 assists, 8.9 steals and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.6% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 63.5 points per game.

Penguins: 8-2, averaged 73.7 points, 30.3 rebounds, 12.6 assists, 4.8 steals and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Their opponents average 67.8 points.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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