Men’s basketball advances to quarterfinals


The men’s basketball team poses for a photo after a 56-50 win over Western Michigan University on Monday in the Convocation Center.

By Northern Star staff

Men’s basketball (21-11) will advance to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament after defeating Western Michigan University (13-19) 56-50 on Monday.

The Huskies’ hot shooting did not carry over from their last contest, as they shot just 32.1 percent (17-53) against Western Michigan, but the team’s defense continued to stifle opponents as it has all season. The Huskies held the Broncos to just 35.2 percent (19-54) shooting from the field and 16.7 percent (2-12) from beyond the arc. The team will battle No. 2 seed Ohio University for a place in the semifinals.

Senior guard Travon Baker led the Huskies with 18 points and three steals. Baker is now tied for second place in NIU history in assists with 353.

The Huskies are set to play Ohio at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Cleveland. The winner will advance to the semifinals.