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NKU pausing men's basketball program after reporting positive COVID-19 test

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 12:25:42-05

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Horizon League and Northern Kentucky University officials had to postpone the Norse Men's basketball contest at Chattanooga Saturday after one of the team's essential personnel tested positive for the coronavirus.

The positive test also means the men's basketball program as a whole is on pause.

Assistant athletic director Bryan McEldowney did not indicate when the program would resume or when the team would reschedule its Saturday game against the Mocs.

McEldowney wrote in a news release Friday that one of the team's "Tier 1 personnel, which consists of student-athletes, coaches and essential sports staff" tested positive for COVID-19. He indicated the individual who tested positive was asymptomatic when the test was administered.

"A confirmation test is being conducted... and all close contacts have been notified," McEldowney wrote.

The university received the positive test result Friday morning and made the announcement early Friday afternoon.

McEldowney stated he would release more information as soon as it became available.

Earlier this month, university officials announced there would be no spectators at men's or women's basketball games through the rest of the year.

The Norse men's team won their first game of the season Wednesday, toppling Ball State 74-73.

Xavier University's men's basketball team had to stream Friday's noon game against Toledo after a member of the Fox Sports 1 broadcast team -- which was scheduled to broadcast the game -- tested positive.

Xavier bested Toledo Friday, 76-73, taking them to 3-0.