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Eastern Michigan sophomore guard Emoni Bates (21) approaches NIU sophomore guard Zarique Nutter (2) as he passes the ball down the court during the afternoon game on Friday at the NIU Convocation Center. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies trounce Eastern Michigan on senior day

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 3, 2023

DeKALB – Five Huskies scored in double digits to push NIU men’s basketball past Eastern Michigan University with an 85-66 senior day victory. NIU honored four seniors in Friday’s contest. Senior guards Drew Wiemers, Kaleb Thornton and Darweshi...

Then-sophomore guard Keshawn Williams (0) performs a layup as Kent State Universitys then-redshirt junior guard Sincere Carry defends during a Mid-American Conference basketball game between NIU and Kent State on March 1, 2022 at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, Ill. (Northern Star File Photo)

Men’s basketball coach Burno reveals Williams’ injury

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 1, 2023

DeKALB – NIU junior guard Keshawn Williams' injury diagnosis was finally revealed by NIU men’s basketball head coach Rashon Burno during the post game press conference on Feb. 28. Williams suffered a torn ACL in the Huskies game against the University...

Senior guard Darweshi Hunter attempts a layup in NIUs 85-75 loss on Feb. 28.

Slow start burns Huskies in loss to Buffalo

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 1, 2023

DeKALB – A dominant first half led the University at Buffalo to an 85-75 win over the Huskies. Buffalo shot 58% from the field in the first half, while holding NIU to 34% shooting in the first 20 minutes en route to clinching a spot in the Mid-American...

Senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3) tries to defend a shot from Broncos senior guard Lamar Norman Jr. during the Huskies matchup against the Western Michigan Broncos on Feb. 11 at the NIU Convocation Center. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Huskies clinch MAC tournament berth in win over Central Michigan

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | February 26, 2023

  DeKALB – A hot shooting first half propelled the Huskies to an 84-80 win over Central Michigan University. The Huskies shot 69% from the field in the first half to help punch their ticket to the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland,...

Senior guard Anthony Crump attempts a layup during Saturdays loss to the University of Toledo.

Ice-cold shooting hurts Huskies in loss to Ohio

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 21, 2023

DeKALB – NIU fell to Ohio University 77-68 Tuesday thanks to a poor 1-for-19 three-point shooting night, as the Bobcats extended their win streak to six. The Huskies were once again without sophomore guard David Coit, who missed his second straight...

NIU redshirt senior guard Anthony Crump (50) drives against Ball State redshirt sophomore forward Mickey Pearson Jr. (3) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies drop overtime thriller to Miami

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 19, 2023

DeKALB – Miami University of Ohio pulled off a miraculous comeback to stun the Huskies 66-65 in overtime Saturday.  Despite not trailing during regulation, and leading by as many as 20 points, NIU was unable to hold on for the win. Led by senior...

Sophomore guard David Coit attempting to maneuver past CMU’s freshman guard Emil Skytta in the second half of the game on January 10, 2023 at NIU. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Undermanned Huskies drop second straight game to Ball State

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

DeKALB - Ball State University took down NIU men’s basketball Tuesday 87-77, snapping the Huskies four game road win streak. The Cardinals completed a season-series sweep of the shorthanded Huskies, led by a dominant performance from sophomore center...

The Huskies take to the court for the second half of their game against Western Michigan on Saturday at the NIU Convocation Center. NIU beat the Western Michigan Broncos 81-53. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Huskies defeat Western Michigan in blowout

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 12, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men's basketball (11-14, 7-5 MAC) defeated Western Michigan University (6-18, 2-9 MAC) Saturday in a convincing fashion, winning 81-53. The game started slow for the Huskies, falling down 15-6 within the first couple of minutes of play,...

NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3) scans the court against Ohio University on Tuesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies’ home struggles continue, fall to Ohio

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 8, 2023

DeKALB – Home struggles continued for NIU men’s basketball as Ohio University took down the Huskies Tuesday night 82-76. The Bobcats handed the Huskies their third loss in their past four home games.  Coming into the game, NIU was 3-4 at home...

David Coit (11) shoots against Ball State sophomore forward Basheer Jihad (11) and redshirt sophomore forward Mickey Pearson Jr. (3) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game Jan. 28 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU defeats Bowling Green for fourth straight road win

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 5, 2023

NIU took down Bowling Green State University 86-78 Saturday afternoon for its fifth win over the last six games. The Huskies earned their fourth straight road win, NIU’s longest such streak since the 2002-2003 season.  “This is a journey and these...

NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3) jukes past Ball State senior guard Demarius Jacobs (1) on Jan. 30. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies best Broncos in balanced performance

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | January 31, 2023

A complete game from the Huskies on both sides of the ball helped NIU defeat Western Michigan University in a road conference victory. While NIU only compiled three double-digit scoring efforts from its starters, role players contributed to the Huskies’...

Men’s basketball sophomore guard David Coit is the first NIU student-athlete to be named the Northern Star’s Huskie of the Week for two weeks in a row. (Graphic by Harrison Linden)

Coit nets second straight Huskie of the Week honor

By Northern Star Staff | January 30, 2023

DeKALB – Sophomore guard David Coit has become the first NIU student-athlete to gather back-to-back Northern Star Huskie of the Week honors. Coit led the Huskies with 32 points in the Jan. 24 win over the top seeded team in the Mid-American Conference,...