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Men’s basketball’s Montgomery gets contract extension

By Frank Gogola | April 18, 2014

NIU extended men's basketball head coach Mark Montgomery's contract by two years, Athletic Director Sean Frazier announced Friday. Montgomery's contract will run through the 2017-18 season.Montgomery guided the Huskies to a 15-17 overall record and an...

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...

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...

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

Baker takes charge for men’s basketball

By Brian Earle | February 3, 2014

In seasons past, men’s basketball did not have a clear-cut starting point guard. Sophomore guard Travon Baker changed that this season.Last season, Baker and then-freshman guard Daveon Balls competed for the starting spot. Baker started 18 games while...

Men’s basketball starts two game winning streak

By Brian Earl | February 2, 2014

For the second straight game, men’s basketball found a way to win, overcoming a 15-point deficit in its 67-65 overtime victory over Ball State Saturday on the road.The win marks the first time the Huskies (9-11, 3-5 MAC) have won two conference road...

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...

Threloff leads men’s basketball to exhibition win

By Brian Earle | November 3, 2013

In its lone exhibition game of the season, men’s basketball looked sharp as it took down Rockford University, 90-57, Sunday at the Convocation Center.NIU got contributions from a number of players, as five Huskies scored in double figures. The Huskies...

Freshman Daveon Balls dribbles the ball in the game against Eastern Illinois University in February.

Basketball switches up style in coming season

By Brian Earle | October 30, 2013

Men’s basketball will have a different look to it this season based on changes to its roster and style of play.The Huskies lost their leading scorer from the last two seasons, Abdel Nader, who transferred to Iowa State. For the Huskies, it’s not about...

Basketball player arrested over weekend

By Northern Star staff | September 11, 2013

Correction: Daveon Balls was charged with possession of cannabis 30 grams and under on Friday, not Sunday as the Star originally reported.An NIU basketball player was arrested Sunday.Daveon Balls, 18, of Indianapolis, was charged with possession of cannabis...

Men’s basketball starts season with loss to Nebraska Omaha

By Matt Hopkinson | November 11, 2012

The first game in coach Mark Montgomery’s second season did not turn out the way he had hoped. Men’s basketball (0-1) played a close contest against Nebraska Omaha (1-0), but ultimately came out on the losing end, 77-64. “They are an extremely well-coached...

Northern Illinois University freshman guard Mike Davis attemps to score over Aurora University senior guard Joel Iventosch at the NIU Convocational Center. The Huskies defeated the Spartans 89 to 56.

Men’s basketball hosts seven freshmen, looks forward to season

By Matt Hopkinson | November 5, 2012

With seven new freshman faces on the roster this season, NIU men’s basketball will be a mixed bag. Coach Mark Montgomery knows there will be a lot of excitement, but also a lot for his players to learn. “There’s going to be a lot of coachable moments,...