Huskies get back in win column

By Julian Nunnery

DeKalb — The men’s basketball team combatted its recent two-game losing streak with a resounding 31-point win Tuesday over the Bowling Green University Falcons. This win comes after the Huskies fell to the Falcons in Ohio earlier this season.

The Huskies (10-10, 3-4 Mid-American Conference) took an 18-17 lead with just under 10 minutes left to play in the first half and never looked back. NIU led by as much as 39 points and went on to win the game 93-62.

Head Coach Mark Montgomery said it was relieving to get a win after a recent slump.

“Getting back in the winner’s circle feels great,” Montgomery said. “After you have two tough road games and you lose, your guys have to overcome some adversity. They answered the bell.”

NIU’s 61.3 field goal percentage for the game was the best under Montgomery’s seven-year stint with the team. Montgomery said he felt this game was his team’s best performance of the year, so far, as they dominated on both the offensive and defensive end.

“I thought we probably played our best game of the year,” Montgomery said. “I’ve never been on a team that shot 76 percent in the second half. It seemed like everything we threw up went in. Our defense and our transition offense helped us break this thing open, and it feels great.”

Several NIU players had productive scoring nights as five different players scored in double figures.

In a surprising disciplinary move for being late to a film session earlier in the week, sophomore guard Eugene German started the game on the bench. However, that didn’t seem to phase him much as he went on to have a huge second half scoring explosion. German finished the game with a team-high 19 points while shooting a perfect 7-7 from the field and 5-5 from the 3-point line.

“I was just going with the flow,” German said. “I just tried to keep my head and go out there and play my game.”

Junior forward Lacey James also had an efficient night shooting 70 percent from the field. James finished with 15 points and snagged four rebounds.

Junior guard Dante Thorpe had a career night as he nearly edged a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Thorpe also dished out a team-high four assists.

Junior forward Levi Bradley added 14 points and pulled down four rebounds of his own. Sophomore guard Justin Thomas finished with 10 points and a team-high three steals.

The Huskies will hit the road for their next two games against Michigan opponents. NIU’s next game against Western Michigan University will tip-off 1 p.m. Saturday, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.