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Men’s basketball staff sees shake up

By Scott A. Nicol | April 13, 2017

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team had three coaches leave or not have their contracts renewed as the team continues to change.Assistant Coaches Lou Dawkins and Jason Larson have left the program, Jeremy Reid, men’s basketball media services spokesperson...

Releasing guards may affect recruiting

By Tom Burton | March 23, 2017

NIU will find itself struggling to replace its five players they lost this season, three to graduation and two to dismissal.Forward Aaric Armstead and centers Sean Damaska and Marin Maric, all seniors, played their last game as Huskies in a 72-69 March...

Q&A: Mens senior forward

Q&A: Men’s senior forward

By Tom Burton | February 9, 2017

DeKALB | Aaric Armstead, men’s basketball senior forward, is looking to build on his successful past season when he was one of only two Huskies to start in every game.This season, Armstead is averaging 10 points and six rebounds while averaging over...

Senior guard Aaric Armstead shoots a free-throw in Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan University. The Huskies defeated Eastern Michigan, 81-69, at the Convocation Center.

Men’s basketball claws way to victory

By Krystal Ward | February 5, 2017

DeKALB — Men’s basketball (14-9, 6-4 Mid-American Conference) remained in first place in the MAC West as the team defeated the Eastern Michigan University Eagles (13-10, 5-5 MAC), 81-69, Saturday at the Convocation Center. The Huskies took a seven-point...

Senior guard Dontel Highsmith drives to the hoop in a Nov. 16 game against Idaho University. Highsmith finished Saturday’s game with 12 points and 71 percent shooting. 

Basketball retains first place in MAC

By Krystal Ward | January 30, 2017

NIU 74, Toledo 72DeKALB — Men’s basketball (13-8, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) maintained its first place in the MAC West Division after the team won a thrilling game against the University of Toledo Rockets (11-10, 4-4 MAC), 74-72, Saturday in Toledo,...

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....


Guard excels in freshman season

By Tom Burton | January 17, 2017

DeKALB — Justin Thomas, men’s basketball freshman guard, knew he wanted to play collegiate basketball ever since the glory days of playing in his driveway with his older brothers.“My older brothers led the way for me and pushed me to get where I...

Head CoachMark Montgomery

Offense struggles in early rematch

By Tom Burton | December 1, 2016
Mark MongtomeryHead Coach
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...

Mark Montgomery Head Coach

Inconsistency results in loss

By Krystal Ward | November 21, 2016

Huskies lose; preps to host tournamentNORTHRIDGE, California | Men’s basketball (3-1) fell, 84-82, to the California State University-Northridge Matadors in a nail-biter Saturday night.“It was a game of runs, but it seemed like we controlled the game,...

Sophomore guard Laytwan Porter looks to set up his offense Wednesday at the Convocation Center against University of Idaho. Porter was ejected in the second half after drawing his second technical foul, but the Huskies still won.

Frustration boils into victory

By Tom Burton | November 17, 2016

DeKALB | Sophomore guard Laytwan Porter scored a team-high 12 points and added two rebounds as men’s basketball (3-0) defeated Idaho University, 63-49, Wednesday night.Three Huskies, including Porter, scored in double-figures in a game which saw both...

Freshman guard Eugene German (right)

Men’s basketball routs opponent

By Northern Star staff | November 14, 2016

DeKALB | Sophomore forward Jaylen Key scored a career and game-high 17 points as men’s basketball (2-0) defeated Roosevelt University, 99-55, Monday night.Four Huskies, including Key, scored in double-figures. Sophomore guard Laytwan Porter scored all...