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

By 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...

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

By 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...

Key returns after a long recover

By Khobi Price | November 14, 2018

The process of getting back onto the basketball court came with many challenges for senior forward Jaylen Key.After redshirting and missing the entire 2017-18 season due to a torn labrum and dislocated shoulder he suffered June 2017, Key has returned...

Huskies top Rockford in season opener

By 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...

Huskies focused on improving defense

By 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...

Jaylen Key shelved for season

Jaylen Key shelved for season

By Julian Nunnery | February 15, 2018

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team has concluded two thirds of its season without arguably one of their most dynamic players in junior forward Jaylen Key.Key is now medically cleared to play after recovering from an off-season shoulder surgery and...

Men’s hoops set for new season

By Julian Nunnery | November 9, 2017

DeKALB — Basketball season is back as the team tips off its season at home against University of St. Francis, and there are several differences in personnel and play style from last year.The Huskies lost seven players from their roster last year, including...

Eugene German

Top-5 men’s basketball players to watch

By Julian Nunnery | November 2, 2017

After getting bounced in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Championship last season, the men’s basketball team looks to improve from an up-and-down campaign last season.Last year, the Huskies finished 15-17 but were never able to find a...

Men’s hoops lose in regular season finale; play at Eastern Michigan to begin tourney

By Krystal Ward | March 5, 2017

DeKALB — Men’s basketball fell in its regular season finale, 87-82, to the Ball State University Cardinals, and as a result ended with the No. 9 seed to enter the Mid-American Conference tournament.The Huskies finished the season with a 15-16 overall...

Men’s basketball stifles in home matchup

By Krystal Ward | January 22, 2017

DeKALB |Men’s basketball (12-7, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) fell to the Ohio University Bobcats (12-5, 4-2 MAC), 78-69, Saturday at the Convocation Center.Ohio trails Akron University (16-3, 6-0 MAC), winners of nine consecutive game, in the MAC East....

Huskies fend off Falcons

By Krystal Ward | January 15, 2017

Men’s basketball is off to a hot start in Mid-American Conference play, winning for the third time in four games Saturday.NIU (11-6, 3-1 MAC) defeated the Bowling Green State University Falcons (3-10, 1-7 MAC), 69-52, at the Stroh Center in Bowling...

Freshman guard Eugene German (middle) drives the ball to the paint Saturday against University at Illinois at Chicago as part of the NIU Thanksgiving Classic. The Huskies won this game 92-81.

NIU slips by single digits

By Krystal Ward | November 28, 2016

DeKALB | Men’s basketball lost the first two games of the NIU Thanksgiving Classic by a combined nine points with Friday’s game against Elon University going into double overtime before NIU was defeated 85-80.Senior guard Aaric Armstead and freshman...