Northern Star

It’s time for fans to embrace NIU’s men’s basketball team

Mike Knapp

February 11, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team is on one of its hottest runs in years, and the community is beginning to notice.The Huskies’ six-game winning streak is the longest in Mid-American Conference play in school history. If the season ended today, NIU’s 8-3 record would earn the second seed in t...

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 falter in second half during loss against Aggies

Senior guard Eugene German gets up and under defenders Nov. 25 during NIU’s home win against Oakland University at the Convocation Center.

Mike Knapp

December 8, 2019

DeKALB — For the second game in a row, the men’s basketball team fell into an early-game hole and had to play from behind the entire game.After trailing 19-5 Thursday night in the first half against Saint Mary’s College – California, the Huskies again fell behind by 14 points Saturday against U...

German anchors a talented roster, defensive improvements key for team success

Jarrett Huff

December 5, 2019

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team has been having a historic run the past couple weeks, winning six consecutive games after starting the season 0-2. This marks the longest win streak since the 2015-16 season, when the Huskies won seven straight games between Dec. 22, 2015 and Jan. 12, 2016.NIU ...

German comes in clutch for men’s basketball with four-point play late in game

First-year guard Tyler Cochran looks to get the edge on a screen Monday during NIU's 65-48 win against Longwood University at the Convocation Center.

Jarrett Huff

November 24, 2019

DeKALB — Wins keep rolling in for men’s basketball as it defeated Southern Illinois University — Edwardsville in a close game on Saturday. Senior guard Eugene German’s four-point play in the final 10 seconds lifted the Huskies over the Cougars 68-64."It's a great win; it keeps the momentum going, ...

Defense and depth key to men’s basketball’s success this season

Sophomore guard Darius Beane drives to the basket Monday during NIU's 65-48 victory against Longwood University at the Convocation Center.

Jarrett Huff

November 21, 2019

DeKALB — Men’s basketball has been on a tear lately, winning its last three games in four days, against Coppin State University, Rockford University and Longwood University. The team’s defense and depth have been the brightest over the three-game stretch.This recent streak has shown a lot of what t...

Huskies march out of Macomb with victory over Western Illinois

Redshirt senior forward Lacey James attempts a shot Wednesday while James Claar, WIU redshirt senior forward, pressures the Huskie at Western Hall.

Mike Knapp

November 20, 2019

DeKALB — After winning three-straight home games over the weekend, the men’s basketball team headed back on the road Wednesday to take on Western Illinois University at Western Hall for the first time since 1994.After starting the season with two losses, the Huskies ran their winning streak to f...

Bench players provide spark in Huskies’ win against Longwood

Mike Knapp

November 19, 2019

DeKALB — Life is better when things are in balance.The men’s basketball team lived that example Monday against Longwood University at the Convocation Center. Playing for the third time in four nights, NIU had four players score in the double digits and got 29 points off the bench to dispatch the La...

Four Huskies post double-digit points en route to men’s basketball’s first victory

Mike Knapp

November 16, 2019

DeKALB — Nathan Scott and Darius Beane joined the men’s basketball program for the 2019-20 season with a reputation of being impact players.Junior forward Scott and sophomore guard Beane both lived up to that billing Friday night as the Huskies took on Coppin State University as part of the College Ho...

Huskies have tough road to MAC play, German says he wants to ‘win them all’

Mike Knapp

November 8, 2019

DeKALB — Men’s basketball opens its 2019-20 season this Saturday, and expectations couldn’t be higher.NIU is coming off a season where it won 17 games and advanced to the Mid-American Conference tournament semifinals for the first time since 2003. The Huskies take the floor Saturday against No...

Huskies to focus on defense, Montgomery says James will be vital for team success

James Krause

October 24, 2019

DeKALB — Head Coach Mark Montgomery set his expectations for the men’s basketball upcoming season during the NIU Winter Media Day on Wednesday at the Convocation Center.The Huskies finished 17-17 in the 2018-19 season, with an 8-10 record in Mid-American Conference play. NIU finished its year with a...