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N. Kentucky beats Valparaiso 82-78 behind McDonald's 23 pts

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 3:24 p.m.

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — Drew McDonald scored 23 points, Lavone Holland II made a pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds left and Northern Kentucky beat Valparaiso 82-78 on Sunday.

Valparaiso (24-7, 14-4) missed a chance to secure the top seed in the Horizon League Tournament when Oakland (14-4, 24-7) beat Milwaukee (8-23, 4-14), 86-75 later in the day. Oakland swept Valparaiso in the season series.

Northern Kentucky (21-10, 12-6) is the fourth seed after Green Bay (18-12, 12-6) secured the No. 3 seed with an 89-81 win over Detroit (8-21, 6-11) Sunday.

The Norse led most of the second half against Valparaiso after a 40-37 lead at halftime. Shane Hammink's 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds left brought the Crusaders to within 78-76, and forced to foul, McDonald made a pair of free throws. The Norse deliberately fouled Max Joseph, who sank a pair, before Holland secured the win at the line.

Hollland and Carson Williams each scored 17 points.

Tevonn Walker led Valparaiso with 25 points, Hammink 23 and Joseph added 12.

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