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After a defensive rebound early in the game, senior forward Harvin Ibarguen (23) navigates around University of Toledo redshirt freshman forward Javan Simmons (1). The Huskies have fallen to 6-12 after starting the season 5-1. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

COLUMN: How NIU men’s basketball’s hot start has flamed out

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | January 24, 2024

DeKALB – A successful season seemed to be on the horizon when NIU men’s basketball (6-12, 0-6 MAC) jumped out to its best start through six games since 2015 with a 5-1 record.  After a road win over the DePaul University Blue Demons on Nov. 25...

Junior guard David Coit (11) hooks past Toledo redshirt freshman forward Javan Simmons (1) with possession of the ball. Coit led the team in scoring, with 23 of the team’s total 73 points attributed to him. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Depleted Huskies burned by Toledo’s hot second half

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | January 24, 2024

DeKALB – The “second-half Huskies” strike again! Despite a night of putback dunks and streaky shooting from the Huskies, NIU men’s basketball (6-12, 0-6 MAC) was outscored in the second half for the 11th time this season in an 89-73 loss to...

The Huskie men’s basketball team returns from the court, defeatedly high fiving their teammates at the bench after losing to Kent State. The final score was 83-76. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball drops seventh consecutive game

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | January 17, 2024

DeKALB – A hyper-efficient 60.4% shooting night from the Kent State University Golden Flashes (9-8, 2-3 MAC) was enough to defeat NIU men’s basketball (6-11, 0-5) 83-76 and keep the Huskies winless to start conference play. Despite knocking down...

The NIU mens basketball team huddles for a pregame talk about their match against Indiana State Dec. 5. The Huskies were defeated by the University of Iowa 103-74 Friday. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Hawkeyes down men’s basketball in blowout fashion

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | January 1, 2024

The Achilles’ heel of the 2023-2024 NIU men’s basketball squad: the final 20-minutes of a game. Another second half collapse by the Huskies proved to be the deciding factor in a 103-74 trouncing at the hands of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. The...

Sophomore forward Yanic Konan Niederhauser (14) is guarded by Indiana State players while going for a layup as sophomore forward Xavier Amos (13) waits for a rebound during the first quarter Tuesday. The Huskies fell to Monmouth at the buzzer on Saturday. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Monmouth downs men’s basketball at buzzer

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | December 9, 2023

DeKALB – A buzzer-beater three from senior guard Jakari Spence lifted Monmouth University (5-4) to a 74-71 victory over NIU men’s basketball (5-4). After holding a 41-29 halftime lead, the Huskies once again collapsed in the second half. NIU was...

Senior guard Philmon Gebrewhit hands the ball off to junior guard Zarique Nutter during an NIU mens basketball home game against Indiana State University on Tuesday. Gebrewhit is averaging 10.9 points per game in his first season in a Huskie uniform. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

New Huskies making immediate impact on men’s basketball

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | December 6, 2023

DeKALB – After losing three seniors to the transfer portal after the 2022-23 season, the NIU men’s basketball team (5-3) has raced out to its best record through eight games since 2019. Senior guard Philmon Gebrewhit, sophomore forward Ethan Butler...

Junior guard David Coit (right) looks for an open player on Tuesday as Indiana State senior guard Ryan Conwell (3) attempts to block a pass. The Huskies were defeated by Indiana State 67-90. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Tale of 2 halves: Men’s basketball crumbles at home

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | December 6, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball (5-3) suffered another second half collapse as the Huskies lost to Indiana State University (8-1) 90-67 for their second consecutive loss. The Huskies started strong with a 6-0 run to open the contest, and they entered...

Junior guard Zarique Nutter goes for a layup in mens basketballs game against Illinois Tech on Nov. 13. Nutter posted 15 points in the Huskies 89-67 loss to Northwestern on Monday. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball trounced at Northwestern

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | November 28, 2023

EVANSTON – After leading its Big Ten opponent by 1 point to end the first half, NIU men’s basketball (5-2) fell apart Monday in the second half and was blown out by Northwestern University (5-1) 89-67. NIU led 42-41 at the half despite zero points...

Then-sophomore guard David Coit stares down his defender in a home game against Western Michigan University on Feb. 11. Coit scored a career-high 34 points to lead NIU mens basketball to an 89-79 victory over DePaul University. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Coit leads men’s basketball to fifth-straight win

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 26, 2023

A career-night from junior guard David Coit pushed NIU men’s basketball (5-1) to an 89-79 victory over the DePaul University Blue Demons (1-5) Saturday.  Coit scored a career-high 34 points on 58% shooting and knocked down a career-best 8 three-pointers...

Sophomore forward Xavier Amos shoots a three-point shot against Appalachian State University on Nov. 11. NIU mens basketball took down the University of Arkansas at Little Rock 98-93 on Saturday. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball holds on for fourth straight win

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 18, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball (4-1) survived a second-half comeback attempt from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans (1-2) for a 98-93 win Saturday.  The Huskies earned their second win in as many days after taking down Georgia State...

Senior forward Harvin Ibarguen shoots a free throw in a home game against the Illinois Institute of Technology. The Huskies defeated Georgia State University on Friday by a final score of 70-64. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball wins nail-biter over Georgia State

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 17, 2023

DeKALB – A back and forth contest saw NIU men’s basketball (3-1) pull away late for a 70-64 win over the Georgia State University Panthers (1-2) Friday. Friday’s game featured 13 lead changes and 8 ties. Junior guard David Coit’s 17 second-half...

Freshman guard Will Lovings-Watts shoots a three pointer against the Illinois Institute of Technology. NIU mens basketball trounced Illinois Tech by a final score of 107-55. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball obliterates Illinois Tech for home win

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 14, 2023

DeKALB – A historic scoring night on Monday from NIU men’s basketball (2-1) led to a 107-55 Huskies blowout over the Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlet Hawks (1-3). The Huskies’ 107-point outburst was the first time an NIU basketball team...