Slide would be 11 without key firsts

By Jeff Kirik

The Huskies snapped their 10-game nightmare Saturday, but it took a number of season highs and team firsts to do it.

For the first time in Jim Rosborough’s two-year reign, NIU won a game in which the opposition scored 80 or more points. The 94-80 win left NIU 1-24 in games where the opponent has reached the 80-point barrier. The 94 Huskie points also ties the most NIU has scored in the last two seasons. The Huskies scored 94 in a win against Ball State last year.

Rodney Davis scored a personal season-high 27 points, which also tied him with Randy Norman for the team 1987-88 best. Norman scored 27 against Butler Jan. 9.

“It was a pretty good game for me,” said Davis, who also had 6 assists and 5 rebounds. “I try to do other things besides scoring. I had a pretty balanced game, and that’s what I like to see as far as my stats are concerned.”

Brett Andricks’ 15-point effort gave him a new season high, besting his 14-point performance in NIU’s first meeting with CCSU. He also had 9 assists, which was not only a team high this season, but the highest total for anyone during Rosborough’s tenure.

Another season best was the Huskies’ showing from the charity stripe. Led by Davis’ 6-of-6 and Donnell Thomas’ 7-of-8, NIU shot 19-of-23 from the free-throw line for an 82-percent clip.

The Huskies’ only better performance in the last two years was an 89-percent effort versus Florida International last season.

The 77 shots taken by the Huskies were a two-year record, too. The Huskies shot 76 times in three games last season and 73 two different times in 1987-88.

Even though the Huskies did not set any rebounding records, their 48-39 win on the boards had some interesting features. The Huskies now have outrebounded 19 of their 21 opponents this season. Out of the 48 rebounds NIU pulled down, 23 came off the offensive glass. Finally, six Huskies grabbed at least 4 caroms as Thomas led the way with 8.