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NIU men’s basketball stuns Central Michigan in overtime

By Mattieu Koetters | February 23, 2020

DeKALB — Men’s basketball is finally back to its winning ways following the Huskies’ victory over the Central Michigan University Chippewas on Saturday in a thrilling come-from-behind 82-81 overtime win.Led by a 23-point, 9-rebound performance from...

Huskies’ historic win streak ends at six in loss to Cardinals

By Mike Knapp | February 12, 2020

DeKALB — All good things, no matter how fun they are, ultimately come to an end.The men’s basketball team has been having a lot of fun the last few weeks, rolling to six wins in a row and to the top of the Mid-American Conference standings. The win...

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

By 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,...

Sophomore Darius Beane (no.24) drives under the basket Feb. 7 during NIUs 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

NIU men’s basketball sweeps Kent State, sets school record with six consecutive MAC wins

By Mike Knapp | February 8, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team proved it was more than ready for primetime Friday night.Playing in front of a national audience on CBS Sports Network and one of the more raucous crowds of the season, the Huskies ran their winning streak to six...

FILE - In this June 7, 2009, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Huskies remember Kobe “the Mamba” Bryant

By Jarrett Huff | January 29, 2020

DeKALB — Kobe Bryant impacted an entire generation. While he was trying to “be like Mike,” the kids watching were trying to be like Kobe. Some of those kids have continued to play the game he loved beyond their childhood years, and Bryant remains...

Mens basketball begins three-game home stand against Western Michigan

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

By 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...

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

Huskies falter in second half during loss against Aggies

By 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...

Sophomore guard Trendon Hankerson pulls up for a 3-point shot attempt during the Huskies´ home win against Oakland University at the Convocation Center.

Six-match win streak ends with a mens basketball loss to the Gaels

By Mike Knapp | December 6, 2019

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team headed to the west coast for the first time since 1997 for a two-game California swing, but they won’t be bringing back an extension of their six-game winning streak with them.The Huskies first game on the trip...

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

By 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...

Senior guard Eugene German drives to the basket Monday during NIUs home victory against Oakland University at the Convocation Center.

Huskies win sixth-straight, German climbs up all-time scoring list

By Mike Knapp | November 27, 2019

DeKALB — Forgive the men’s basketball team for being a little defensive about its efforts Monday against Oakland University.Actually, that is a good thing, as it was the Huskie defense in the second half that paved the way for a 74-50 win. The victory...

Then-first-year guard Tyler Cochran looks to get the edge on a screen Monday during NIUs 65-48 win against Longwood University at the Convocation Center.

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

By 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...

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

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

By 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...