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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...

Men’s basketball prepares for tough test in Toledo

By Brian Earle | January 21, 2014

Following its two-game home stand, men’s basketball is set to travel to Ohio for one of its toughest matchups in the MAC this season when it takes on Toledo at 7 p.m. today.The matchup will be a battle between one of the best defensive teams in the...

Men’s basketball can’t stop Ohio

By Brian Earle | January 20, 2014

A second-half surge from Ohio led to men’s basketballs’ demise on Saturday night at the Convocation Center as it fell 65-46.The Huskies (7-9, 1-3 MAC) went into halftime with a one-point lead, up 24-23, despite shooting 33 percent compared to the...

Men’s basketball falters in overtime

By Brian Earle | January 16, 2014

It was the same old story for men’s basketball Wednesday: It found a way to lose a game it should have won at the hands of Kent State, 73-64, in overtime at the Convocation Center.The Huskies (7-8, 1-2 MAC) were leading 58-55 late in regulation, but...

Freshman Andrew Frankenreider (32) rushes the ball down court Nov. 8 against Omaha Nebraska.

Men’s basketball glad to be home

By Brian Earle | January 14, 2014

After playing six of its last seven games on the road, men’s basketball will return to DeKalb for a MAC showdown against Kent State at 7 p.m. today at the Convocation Center.The Huskies (7-7, 1-1 MAC) are coming off a 45-36 victory over Bowling Green...

Freshman Aaric Armstead (23) maneuvers toward the net Nov. 24 against St. Joseph. The men’s basketball team (7-7, 1-1 MAC) has won more than five games in a season for the first time during the Mark Montgomery coaching era, which Montgomery attributes to greater teamwork.

Basketball on way to better season record

By Brian Earle | January 14, 2014

After two five-win seasons, men’s basketball appears to have found its rhythm.The Huskies (7-7, 1-1 MAC) may be looking at a turnaround as for the first time in the Mark Montgomery era they have won more than five games in a season.“What a difference...

Men’s basketball holds off Bowling Green

By Brian Earle | January 12, 2014

After falling to Buffalo in its conference-opener last Wednesday, men’s basketball rebounded against Bowling Green as it earned its first MAC win of the season with a 45-36 victory in Ohio on Sunday.For the first 10 minutes of the game, the Huskies...

Men’s basketball had successful winter break

By Brian Earle | January 12, 2014

While everyone was away for winter break, men’s basketball continued its season, playing in seven games.The Huskies (7-7, 1-1 MAC) fared well in those games, going 4-3 and earning their first MAC victory of the season with a 45-36 win over Bowling Green...

Poinsettia a good fit for Frazier

By Brian Earle | December 9, 2013

For the sixth consecutive season, No. 23 football will make an appearance in a bowl game when it takes on Utah State in the San Diego County Union Poinsettia Bowl at 8:30 p.m. CT Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium.The Huskies made one prior trip to the Poinsettia...

Season Standouts

By Brian Earle | December 9, 2013

It has been a season to remember for good and bad reasons. NIU had a perfect regular season record, but lost in the MAC Championship to Bowling Green, falling short of the team's goal. Sports writer Brian Earle breaks down the Huskies' key players this...

Freshman Dontel Highsmith (4)  beats two Dartmouth players during Thursdays game. NIU won, 64-57.

Men’s basketball closes out Dartmouth

By Brian Earle | December 8, 2013

Led by a strong first-half performance, men’s basketball came away with its third win of the season, taking down Dartmouth, 64-57, Thursday at the Convocation Center.The Huskies (3-4) had three players score in double figures. Sophomore wing Darrell...

Huskies’ defense shatters in MAC Championship loss

By Brian Earle | December 7, 2013

What was supposed to be the strength of football’s defense this season turned out to be its undoing in its 47-27 defeat against Bowling Green in the MAC Championship.All season long the Huskies played a bend: Don’t break defense. In this loss the...