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Men’s basketball headed to Cleveland after defeating Bowling Green

By Brian Earle | March 10, 2014

Men’s basketball officially punched its ticket to Cleveland with a 54-51 overtime victory over Bowling Green in the first round of the MAC Tournament at the Convocation Center March 10.With 25 seconds left at the end of regulation, guard Aaric Armstead...

Men’s basketball clinches home MAC tourney game with Senior Day win

By Brian Earle | March 10, 2014

In its regular season finale on Senior Day, men’s basketball took down Ball State, 70-56, led by a strong defensive performance Saturday at the Convocation Center.The Huskies (14-16, 8-10 MAC) and Cardinals (5-24, 2-16 MAC) played a tightly contested...

Fouls doom men’s basketball’s upset bid

By Brian Earle | March 4, 2014

Men’s basketball (13-16, 7-10 MAC) was unable to take down another powerhouse MAC team as it lost, 61-56, Tuesday in Kalamazoo, Mich.With the Huskies’ trailing Western Michigan (20-9, 13-4 MAC) by three points in the final seconds, guard Aaron Armstead...

Defense lays foundation for sustainable success

By Brian Earle | March 3, 2014

For men’s basketball and head coach Mark Montgomery, defense has been the name of the game this season.Ever since Montgomery took the head coaching job at NIU, he has been preaching defense. This season, the Huskies have bought into his defensive philosophy...

Men’s basketball set for road test

By Brian Earle | March 3, 2014

Men’s basketball is set for its final road game of the regular season as it will take on Western Michigan at 6 p.m. today in Kalamazoo, Mich.The Broncos (19-9, 12-4 MAC) are coming off a heartbreaking 96-85 overtime loss to Toledo. The Broncos led by...

Sophomore Travon Baker drives past a Toledo defender during NIU’s 74-66 win Wednesday at the Convocation Center. The Huskies couldn’t win two in a row as they fell at Eastern Michigan Saturday, 56-52.

Men’s basketball blows late lead

By Brian Earle | March 2, 2014

Men’s basketball saw a huge game slip through its fingers Saturday, as Eastern Michigan overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to earn a 56-52 victory in Ypsilanti, Mich.With the Huskies leading 32-30 with 15:07 remaining in the game, they went on...

Men’s basketball splits weekend games

By Brian Earle | February 23, 2014

Men’s basketball played in two games that each went down to the wire, coming up with mixed results.The Huskies (12-14, 6-8 MAC) took down Eastern Michigan, 61-59, in a double-overtime thriller at the Convocation Center Thursday before falling to Central...

Men’s basketball’s offense clicking

By Brian Earle | February 17, 2014

On the offensive side of the ball, basketball head coach Mark Montgomery’s message all season long has been that the team has no discernible stars.The Huskies may not have a go-to scorer per se, but on any given night anyone can be the high scorer....

Men’s basketball falls apart late

By Brian Earle | February 16, 2014

In men’s basketball’s final contest against the MAC East, it came up short, falling to Akron on the road Saturday, 62-54.The difference maker in the game was Akron forward Demetrius Treadwell, who scored a career-high 25 points while going nine for...

Huskies destroy Chippewas

By Brian Earle | February 12, 2014

Men’s basketball scored its second-highest point total of the season in its convincing 88-63 victory over Central Michigan Wednesday at the Convocation Center.After playing from behind in each of their last four games by double digits or more, the Huskies...

Aaric Armstead (23) goes up for a shot against Miami (Ohio) Tuesday.

Men’s basketball wins third in a row

By Brian Earle | February 4, 2014

Another impressive defensive effort led to the third straight conference victory for men’s basketball as it defeated Miami (Ohio), 53-41, for its first MAC home win of the season Tuesday at the Convocation Center.This is the first time the Huskies (10-11,...

Men’s basketball can’t stop the Rockets

By Brian Earle | January 22, 2014

Men’s basketball fell short in its third straight conference game as it was defeated on the road by Toledo, 77-68, Wednesday night.The Huskies (7-10, 14 MAC) jumped out to a quick start on the road as they led the MAC West Division leaders 7-4 at the...