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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...

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...

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...

Redshirt junior center Pete Rakocevic cheers as the Huskies (13-14, 7-8 MAC) head toward an upset victory over the Toledo Rockets (23-5, 11-4 MAC), 74-66, last season in the Convocation Center. The crowd rushed the court following the win.

Men’s basketball knocks off MAC West’s best in home game

By Steve Shonder | February 26, 2014

Men’s basketball’s upset bid of the MAC’s best in the West ended with a court rush.The Huskies (13-14, 7-8 MAC) knocked off the Toledo Rockets (23-5, 11-4 MAC), 74-66, Wednesday at the Convocation Center. Coming into the game, Toledo was on a two-game...

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 prepared for Central Michigan

By Brian Earle | February 11, 2014

After seeing its three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, men’s basketball will look to recover against Central Michigan 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.The Huskies (10-12, 4-6 MAC) fought all the way back from a 16-point deficit against Western...

Senior forward Aksel Bolin recently played in his 100th career game as a Huskie.

Bolin a steady presence for men’s basketball

By Brian Earle | February 10, 2014

In the midst of changes throughout the men’s basketball program in the last four years, players and coaches coming and going, one thing has remained the same: senior forward Aksel Bolin.With Bolin coming off the bench against Toledo on Jan. 22, he became...

Men’s basketball’s streak ended

By Steve Shonder | February 9, 2014

For the fourth straight game, men’s basketball found itself down by double digits, but it was unable to complete the comeback as it was defeated by Western Michigan, 74-71, Sunday at the Convocation Center.Guard David Brown was huge for the Broncos,...

Hoops: Fourth win may not come easy

By Brian Earle | February 6, 2014

Men’s basketball will look to extend its conference winning streak to four games when it hosts Western Michigan at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Convocation Center.The Huskies (10-11, 4-5 MAC) have won three straight games against Kent State, Ball State and...

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,...

Sophomore Travon Baker (5) dribbles the ball down court durring Saturdays game against Buffalo. NIU lost, 75-67.

Men’s basketball ends four-game losing streak

By Brian Earle | January 29, 2014

Behind an impressive defensive performance and a strong second-half comeback, men’s basketball (8-11, 2-5 MAC) got the best of Kent State (11-9, 2-5 MAC) in its rematch on Wednesday night, earning a 50-49 victory on the road.Trailing by one, 49-48,...