Davis would trade milestone for win

By Jeff Kirik

Rodney Davis reached a milestone Thursday, but he would have traded the accomplishment in for just one win.

The senior point guard scored his 1,000th career point against Florida International last night but the feat wasn’t enough to stop NIU’s losing streak, which now has reached 10 games. The Golden Panthers walked out of Chick Evans Field House with a 73-72 win.

“It would’ve been nice to have went over the 1,000 mark and had a victory,” Davis said. “That takes the air out of it when we lose. It throws the 1,000 in the back of my mind.”

Although he said it was a thrill becoming the 15th Huskie to hit the mark, Davis said it wasn’t something he had devoted much thought to until recently.

“It was something that I’d never really kept track of anyway, but once I got closer to it I started thinking a lot more about it,” he said. “It’s going to be good to look at it a couple years down the line, when I can look in the books and still see my name listed as one of the players to reach one thousand.”

Davis needed 12 points in the game to reach the mark, but finished the game with 18 to bring his career total to 1,006 points. After scoring six points in the first half, and four early in the second, Davis was fouled on a drive. He calmly hit both ends of the one-and-one with 12:08 left on the clock to put his name in the Huskie record books.

“After halftime I heard the crowd out there—‘six more, six more,'” Davis said. “Then after I scored another one they said, ‘four more, two more.’ Then when I went to the line I knew that if I hit those two that I would be at one thousand.”

“Rodney—he’s a leader on the court and off the court,” said freshman forward Donnell Thomas, who scored 17 points and powered his way to 15 rebounds. “He’s the kind of guy that young guys, like myself, want to associate ourselves with. We look up to him. Like tonight, he reached a goal not too many guys reach.”

A cold outside shot which has followed Davis around during the losing streak haunted him again Thursday. The 6-foot-3 point guard shot only 6-of-16 from the field and five of the field goals he did make came on inside layins.

“It’s been kind of frustrating lately (his shooting slump),” he said. “I haven’t been getting the shots I like, but tonight I did and they still weren’t dropping for me.”

However, once again Davis’ all-around game made him stand out. In addition to scoring his team-high 18 points, Davis grabbed five rebounds and handed out seven assists. The assists tied Davis with former Huskie Carl Armato for third (285) on NIU’s all-time list.