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Men’s basketball begins three-game home stand against Western Michigan

Men's basketball begins three-game home stand against Western Michigan

Jemea Green

January 25, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team will begin its three-game home stand 3 p.m. Saturday when it hosts the Western Michigan University Broncos. NIU improved its Mid-American Conference record to 3-3 with a 79-69 win over the Kent State University Golden Flashes. The Huskies handed Kent State its fir...

Huskies lose a thriller to the Akron Zips

Khobi Price

January 26, 2019

The men’s basketball team’s late-game rally against Akron fell short, losing to the Zips 67-65 Saturday in a battle between the Mid-American Conference’s most efficient offense and stingiest defense.A high turnover mark plagued the Huskies throughout the game. They had 10 turnovers in the first hal...

Men’s Basketball picks up second conference victory

James Krause

January 10, 2019

The men’s basketball team picked up its second straight conference win, beating the Miami of Ohio RedHawks Tuesday with a final score of 83-70 in Oxford, Ohio.After going winless in Mid-American Conference road games last season, the Huskies have racked up two wins to start the year 2-0 in confere...

Huskies’ comebacks fall short

Khobi Price

December 2, 2018

Despite junior guard Eugene German recording a career-high 33 points and NIU closing out the game on a 22-9 run, the men's basketball fell to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix 85-83 Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin.Head Coach Mark Montgomery said the defense didn't pick up enough stops fo...

Huskies go 2-1 in Men Against Cancer Oakland Hoops Challenge

Khobi Price

November 25, 2018

The men's basketball team won two of its three contests in the Men Against Breast Cancer Oakland Hoops Challenge.The Huskies (4-2) defeated the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles 87-66 Friday, loss to the James Madison University Dukes 78-74 Saturday and picked up a 92-72 win against the Oakland ...

Huskies fall to Northern Kentucky in double overtime

Michael Urbanec

November 9, 2018

Double-doubles from senior forwards Levi Bradley and Lacey James, and 24 points from returning senior guard Dante Thorpe were not enough to save the Huskies from an 88-85 double-overtime loss to Northern Kentucky Friday.The pace slowed in the beginning, with many missed three-point opportunities turni...

Huskies top Rockford in season opener

James Krause

November 7, 2018

The men’s basketball team opened its season with a dominant 93-54 win Tuesday over the Rockford Regents in the Battle for the 16th District.The Huskies took the lead early in the first half and never surrendered, shooting 61.7 percent from the field while holding Rockford to 35 percent shooting.Coach Mark Mo...

Three NIU basketball players charged with theft

Khobi Price

October 31, 2018

Men’s basketball senior guard Dante Thorpe, junior guard Eugene German and sophomore guard Zaire Mateen have been suspended indefinitely from competition after being charged with retail theft Oct. 24, according to a DeKalb County Police Report.DeKalb Police Commander Steve Lekkas said Thorpe, German...

Huskies host black and red scrimmage

Khobi Price

October 18, 2018

The men’s basketball team hosted its annual Red and Black scrimmage Wednesday ahead of its 2018-19 campaign opener against the Rockford University Regents 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Convocation Center. The scrimmages served as the Huskies first public competition of the new season.NIU competed in three, 1...

Huskies focused on improving defense

Khobi Price

October 14, 2018

The basketball team is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2017-18 campaign. Head Coach Mark Montgomery said the Huskies left a lot on the table. Montgomery said last season’s team was plagued with inconsistent play and struggles on road games.NIU finished last in the Mid-American Conference West Di...

Men’s basketball start preseason practice

Michael Urbanec

September 26, 2018

The men’s basketball team is back on the court for practice for the first time since March, when they suffered an early exit in the Mid-American Conference tournament.The Huskies got bounced by Kent State in a 61-59 heartbreaker but aim to right the ship this season after going 13-19 and finishing la...

Thorpe excels as late bloomer

Thorpe excels as late bloomer

Julian Nunnery

March 8, 2018

DeKALB — The road to Division I basketball was unconventional to say the least for Dante Thorpe, men’s basketball junior forward.Coming out of Friendship Collegiate Academy High School in Washington D.C., Thorpe admittedly said he did not see himself as a Division I prospect.“I wasn’t that good o...