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Wilson providing huge spark for basketball

By Krystal Ward | February 11, 2016

Freshman guard Marshawn Wilson has been a consistent player off the bench for men’s basketball, leading the team in scoring six times this season.Wilson is shooting 45 percent on the season and averaging 17.4 minutes per game. He tied and set new career-highs...

Losing streak reaches 4 for men’s basketball

By Krystal Ward | February 8, 2016

Men’s basketball (16-7, 5-5 MAC) fell to Ohio University (14-8, 5-5 MAC) 80-69 despite a great second half effort Saturday in Athens, Ohio.Ohio came out of the gates on fire, shooting 60.6 percent (20-33) in the first half, while the Huskies struggled...

Huskies lose second straight

By Krystal Ward | February 1, 2016

DeKalb | Men’s basketball (16-5, 5-3 MAC) lost its second straight game Saturday on a cold shooting night, falling to MAC-rival Miami University, Ohio (7-14, 1-7 MAC).Miami shot 50 percent from the field more than halfway through the first half, including...

Head Coach Mark Montgomery reacts on the bench during a game against Toledo on January 22. Montgomerys fifth season leading the Huskies saw a historic performance along with dramatic finishes and the rise of a core of prolific freshman players.

MAC-leading defense helping basketball

By Krystal Ward | February 1, 2016

Men’s basketball is in the middle of an impressive, historic season — something the program hasn’t seen since going 18-2 through 20 games in the 1990-91 season.Here are three observations of the Huskies’ storybook season through 21 games:DefenseThe...

Second half collapse throttles basketball

By Christopher Loggins | January 28, 2016

A historic season came to a short pause Tuesday night for men’s basketball (16-4, 5-2 MAC) as the team took a 76-66 loss to Akron for its second conference loss of the season.The Huskies were led by freshman guard Marshawn Wilson, who poured in a team-high...

Huskies keep historic streak going

By Krystal Ward | January 25, 2016

Defense continues to be a staple for men’s basketball, (16-3, 5-1 MAC) which defeated Toledo (12-7, 3-3 MAC) 58-49 in front of a packed house at the Convocation Center.The Huskies scored just four points in more than four minutes before a timeout ignited...

Basketball looks to keep home winning streak

By Krystal Ward | January 19, 2016

Men’s basketball (14-3, 3-1 MAC) will look to remain perfect at home as it takes on Central Michigan (9-7, 2-1 MAC) in a conference matchup.The Huskies are currently the No. 1 scoring defense in the MAC and the Chippewas are the No. 3 scoring offense...

Early ejections fuel loss for men’s basketball

By Krystal Ward | January 19, 2016

Men’s basketball (14-3, 3-1 MAC) fell to Western Michigan (7-10, 1-3 MAC) 83-66 on Saturday, breaking the team’s seven-game winning streak.Four Huskies were ejected early in the game during a timeout. Senior guard Travon Baker drew a flagrant 2 foul...

Huskies fight through tough conference game to win seventh straight

By Krystal Ward | January 15, 2016

Men’s basketball (14-2, 3-0 MAC) defeated Toledo (10-6, 1-2 MAC) 71-66 in a nail-biter on Tuesday to remain undefeated in conference play.NIU ran out to a 12-5 lead in the first, causing an early Toledo timeout. The game went on to remain close despite...

Men’s basketball opens conference play with double-digit victory

By Krystal Ward | January 7, 2016

Men’s basketball (12-2, 1-0 MAC) defeated Ohio (9-4, 0-1 MAC) 80-69 on Wednesday in its first conference game of the season.Junior guard Aaric Armstead got the Huskies off to a quick start with nine early points, including two three pointers.The game...

Huskies defeat Judson in final non-conference game

By Krystal Ward | January 3, 2016

Men’s basketball (11-2, 0-0 MAC) defeated Judson 91-48 win on Saturday in its final non-conference game of the season.Freshman forward Jaylen Key got the Huskies off to a good start with an early six points. Judson had hit four threes with 11:50 in...

Men’s basketball wins double overtime thriller against Panthers

By Krystal Ward | December 20, 2015

Men’s basketball (8-2, 0-0 MAC) rose victorious on Saturday after a double overtime battle against Florida International (4-7).The Huskies had early trouble getting set on offense and let the Panthers hit some easy baskets. FIU jumped out to an early...