Men’s basketball opens season 3-0 for second straight year

Freshman guard Laytwan Porter advances the ball in Friday’s game against Cal State Northridge. He went on to score 11 points and three rebounds in his first career game.

By Christopher Loggins

Men’s basketball (3-0, 0-0 MAC) won its first three games of the season last weekend and swept its way through the annual NIU Showcase.

Cal State Northridge

Game one of the weekend came on Friday against Cal State Northridge. Both teams shot over 45 percent in the first half and shot 50 percent from three as NIU led 46-40 heading into the second period.

The Huskies maintained their lead in the second half, outscoring Cal State 37-31 to give them the 83-71 win. They shot 44 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc.

NIU was led by freshman guard Marshawn Wilson who scored 16 points in just 16 minutes on 4-7 shooting. The team had five players who scored in double figures.

South Dakota

The Huskies struggled early on against South Dakota, shooting just 34 percent and trailing 34-28 at halftime. The Coyotes didn’t shoot well from the field in the first half but shot over 50 percent from three.

NIU picked up its play in the second half, outscoring the Coyotes 44-31 and shooting 56 percent. South Dakota struggled to compete on the boards throughout the game, getting outrebounded 44-26 and losing by a final score of 72-65.

Four Huskies scored in double figures led by senior wingman Chuks Iroegbu, who posted 16 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Senior guard Travon Baker finished with 11 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Wright State

NIU finished its weekend sweep with a six-point win over Wright State yesterday.

The first half was pretty evenly matched for both teams as the Raiders led 39-31. They shot 53 percent overall and 60 percent from the three-point line.

Wright State was only able to muster 20 points in the second half after a high scoring first period. It shot just 6-22 and allowed the Huskies to completely take over the game. The second half scored was 34-20 in the Huskies’ favor.

NIU went 10-21 in the second half, leading for just over six minutes of game time and winning the game 65-59. The team had another game dominating the boards, outrebounding the Raiders 35-25.

Up next

The Huskies will continue in the NIU Showcase this week as it takes on Eureka at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Convocation Center.