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Huskies redshirt Anthony Crump (left) helping senior guard Darweshi Hunter gain possession of the ball after UISs scoring during Monday nights game. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU ends road slate with third-straight loss

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | December 20, 2022

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball (3-8) fell to the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (8-4) on Saturday in a 90-63 rout in the Huskies’ final game of an eight-game road trip. Junior guard Keshawn Williams and sophomore guard Zarique Nutter were...

NIU redshirt senior forward Anthony Crump attempts to defend against a shot by Gonzaga University senior forward Drew Timme during Monday’s game. The Huskies failed to deliver an upset to the No. 15 Gonzaga, allowing the Bulldogs to extend their home winning streak to 71 games. (Courtesy Gonzaga Athletics)

Offensive struggles prevent NIU upset of No. 15 Gonzaga

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | December 13, 2022

The NIU men’s basketball team was defeated by No. 15 Gonzaga University 88-67 on Monday in its first ever meeting with the Bulldogs. Gonzaga extended its home winning streak to 71 games, the longest active home winning streak in the NCAA. A backdoor...

NIU sophomore guard Zarique Nutter attempts a layup at the beginning of the second half in NIUs non-conference matchup with Purdue University Northwest on Monday. Nutters layup attempt was successful, giving NIU its first score of the second half on its way to a 99-73 victory. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Wearied Huskies thrashed by Vandals in Idaho visit

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | December 5, 2022

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball fell to the University of Idaho Vandals in a blowout 84-47 loss Friday, as the Huskies sit at 3-6 on the season. The Huskies have two games remaining on their eight game road trip, where they have managed to go 2-4. Junior...

Sophomore guard Keshawn WIlliams attempts a layup during Saturdays game against the University of Toledo Rockets. Williams finished as NIUs leading scorer with 19 points in the 100-72 loss at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (NIU Athletics)

Huskie guards shine as NIU wallops Eastern Illinois

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | December 1, 2022

NIU’s dominant guard play led the way for the Huskies as they got back into the win column with a 90-70 victory over Eastern Illinois University. The Huskies’ backcourt dominated the Panthers’ defense, as they combined for 49 points in the dominant...

Then-junior guard Kaleb Thornton searches for a passing lane during Wednesdays matchup against the Toledo Rockets. Thornton was NIUs second-best scorer in the contest with 18 points as the Huskies lost 100-72 to their Mid-American Conference Rivals in DeKalb.

Huskies defeated in first match of Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | November 21, 2022

DeKALB – Shooting woes plagued the Huskies as they fell to 1-3 on their early season, losing 68-50 against the undefeated Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off. Sophomore guard Zarique Nutter put...

NIU sophomore guard Zarique Nutter attempts a layup at the beginning of the second half in NIUs non-conference matchup with Purdue University Northwest on Monday. Nutters layup attempt was successful, giving NIU its first score of the second half on its way to a 99-73 victory. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Scoring success pushes Huskies past Pride

By Ethan Gonzales and Skyler Kisellus | November 15, 2022

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball entered the win column for the first time this season after pulling out a 99-73 victory in its first ever meeting with the Purdue University Northwest Pride on Monday evening. Fresh off a pair of losses to in-state opponents,...

NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton defends against a University of Illinois Springfield player during Mondays game between the Huskies and Prairie Stars at the Convocation Center in DeKalb.  (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Second-half slip leaves NIU winless after season debut

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | November 8, 2022

DeKALB – Men’s basketball (0-1, 0-0 MAC) fell just short of University of Illinois Springfield (1-0) in an 83-77 loss in Monday’s season opener at the NIU Convocation Center. Junior guard Keshawn Williams and sophomore guard David Coit combined...

Junior guard Kaleb Thornton (left) makes a drive down the court against the Bowling Green Falcons in a 92-83 loss on Jan. 18 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. NIU proceeded to lose its second matchup with BGSU Saturday, falling on the road 87-65 in Bowling Green. (Zulfiqar Ahmed | Northern Star)

Huskies top McKendree in exhibition battle

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | November 1, 2022

DeKALB – Junior guard Keshawn Williams and sophomore guard Zarique Nutter led the NIU men’s basketball team to a 79-76 victory over McKendree University in their first exhibition game of the season. Both the Huskies and the Bearcats got out to slow...

Sophomore guard Keshawn Williams drives against the Eastern Illinois defense during their game on Dec. 2.  Williams scored a career-high 24 points.

Men’s basketball prepping for year two of Rashon Burno

By Ethan Gonzales and Joseph Segreti | October 31, 2022

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball is set to begin the 2022-23 regular season under the reins of second-year head coach Rashon Burno. Burno was hired at the beginning of the 2021-22 season after spending six seasons at Arizona State University. Burno...

NIU senior guard Trendon Hankerson (right) and Buffalo senior forward Jeenathan Williams surge in an attempt to recover the ball during Thursdays home matchup against the University at Buffalo. The Huskies fell to the Bulls in back-to-back games, losing 79-68 Thursday and 70-60 Saturday.

MAC men’s basketball preseason poll projects Huskies in last place

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | October 26, 2022

The Mid-American Conference men’s basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, released Wednesday, has the Huskies projected to finish last by the end of the season.  Last season, the Huskies finished in tenth place in the MAC with a record of 9-21.14 of...

Womens basketball vs. Bowling Green

Huskie basketball teams announce new recruits

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 21, 2022

Multiple new signees have been announced for both the NIU men’s and women’s basketball team rosters going into the 2022-23 season, according to NIU Athletics news releases.  Men’s basketball recruits Xavier Amos is a 6’8 forward from Chicago....