Huskies drop close game to BGSU, remain winless in MAC


Charlie Neibergall | Associated Press

Northern Illinois junior forward Zool Kueth, left, fights for a rebound with Iowa junior guard Joe Wieskamp, 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 dropped a close game Tuesday with a loss to the Ohio University Bobcats in Athens, OH.

The Huskies were looking for their first Mid-American Conference win of the season when they came up short in a 76-73 loss. The Huskies outscored Ohio by 12 in the second half. The Huskies remain winless with four losses in the MAC this season. 

This loss follows the decision NIU made two days ago to part ways with former Head Coach Mark Montgomery after losing against the Bowling Green State University Falcons. Associate Head Coach Lamar Chapman was chosen to lead the team, as head coach, on an interim basis for the remainder of the season. 

The Huskies were led by junior forward Zool Kueth, who had a season-high 22 points. Junior guard Darius Beane had 16 points; junior guard Anthony Crump had 13 points; and junior guard Trendon Hankerson had 12 points. Sophomore guard Tyler Cochran did not play due to a hamstring injury suffered in the loss against BGSU. 

Ohio was led by senior guard Dwight Wilson III, with a game-high 25 points. The Huskies shot 47% from 3-point land and shot a little over 45% from the field.

With the loss, NIU is 1-8 on the season. The Huskies will play against the 3-3 University of Miami–Ohio RedHawks 5 p.m. Saturday in Miami, OH. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.