Rockets fly by Huskies in blowout loss for NIU

Nathan Scott returns to rotation after missing five games


Charlie Neibergall | Associated Press

Iowa guard Joe Wieskamp drives past Northern Illinois guard Anthony Crump, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa.

By Kyle Mathas

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team suffered another Mid-American Conference loss Tuesday after being blown out by the University of Toledo Rockets 78-55.

The Huskies only shot about 37% from the field in the game and a season-low 6.7% from 3-point range. Toledo shot over 45% from the field and shot 40% from three. 

Junior guard Trendon Hankerson led the Huskies with 16 points on 7-20 shooting from the field. Hankerson also went 1-10 in 3-point shooting. Sophomore guard Tyler Cochran had 15 points on the day and junior guard Darius Beane had nine points. 

Toledo was led by senior guard Spencer Littleson with 18 points. First-year guard Ryan Rollins had 16 points and first-year forward Mattia Acunzo had 15 points. 

Toledo had five steals as a team, contributing to  NIU’s 15 turnovers. The Huskies also had 19 personal fouls.

NIU senior forward Nathan Scott played for the first time since the game against the University of Chicago Flames. He scored two points on 1-3 shooting from the field and 0-1 shooting from 3-point territory. 

This loss puts the Huskies at 1-6 on  the season and 0-2 in conference play. 

The Huskies will not play for the remainder of the year. Their next game will be Jan. 2 against the Bowling Green State University Falcons at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb. Tip-off time is to be determined and the game will be available on ESPN3.