DETROIT (AP) -- 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, 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 didn't have a shot to earn a spot in college basketball's showcase until this year.
Tenth-seeded Milwaukee (11-24) was a win away from having the most losses in NCAA Tournament history. Brock Stull scored 19 points and Brett Prahl had 12 for the Panthers, who won nine in a row, including three in the tournament, before their run ended against Northern Kentucky.
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