Northern Kentucky junior guard Trevon Faulkner put himself and the Norse in the national spotlight Friday night.
Faulkner hit a 3-pointer from three-quarter court at the halftime buzzer Friday night at BB&T Arena, helping the Norse defeat UIC 72-68. He took a rebound from a missed shot, made a couple of dribbles and launched a shot from the 3-point line on the UIC side, giving NKU a nine-point lead at halftime, 32-23.
The shot took the No. 4 spot on the SportsCenter Top 10 Plays that aired on ESPN Saturday morning, according to Brady Laber, who called the play on-air.
Those three points proved to be crucial in the eventual four-point win over UIC, which dropped to 8-6, 5-4 in the Horizon League. NKU, 8-8 and 6-5 in the Horizon League, was to host UIC again Saturday night.
Faulkner had a great overall game as well, leading the Norse with 25 points and 12 rebounds. He is the team’s leading scorer for the season at 17.4 per contest. He is second on the team in rebounding (5.5) and assists (2.3).
Faulkner, from Mercer County High School in Harrodsburg, Ky., was Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 2018.
He finished his high school career as one of only seven boys in KHSAA history to post 3,000 (3,022) points and 1,100 rebounds (1,103).
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Long-range basket by former Kentucky Mr. Basketball makes SportsCenter Top 10