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College basketball: Northern Kentucky earns bid in first shot

College basketball: Northern Kentucky earns bid in first shot

LaVone Holland scored 20 points and Drew McDonald had 14 points and 12 rebounds to help Northern Kentucky hold off Milwaukee for a 59-53 win Tuesday night in the Horizon League final at Detroit, putting the school in the NCAA tournament in its first season of eligibility.

The fourth-seeded Norse (24-10) are in their fifth season of Division I basketball but weren’t eligible to earn a spot in college basketball’s showcase until this year. Milwaukee (11-24) was a win away from having the most losses in NCAA tournament history.

Mount St. Mary’s 71, St. Francis 61: Elijah Long scored 24 points, Junior Robinson added 22 and the top-seeded Mountaineers (19-15)...

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