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Junior guard Zarique Nutter (2) shoots a jump hook as Buffalo senior forward Isaiah Adams (3) attempts to block the shot. Nutter led the team in rebounds, accounting for 12 of the team’s total 39. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Huskies survive Bulls for third straight conference victory

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 14, 2024

DeKALB – Without the services of leading scorer junior guard David Coit, a short-handed NIU men’s basketball team (9-15, 3-8 MAC) snuck past the University at Buffalo Bulls (3-21, 1-10 MAC) 72-68 Tuesday. Despite missing four rotational players...

Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) runs for the first down against Eastern Michigan. The Huskies defeated the Eagles 20-13. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Football downs Eagles, wins third straight

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | October 21, 2023

DeKALB – With a goal-line stretch by redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi in the final two minutes of regulation, NIU football (4-4, 3-1 MAC) pulled away from Eastern Michigan University (4-4, 2-2 MAC) by a score of 20-13.  The Huskie offense...

Graduate student outside hitter Katie Erdmann taps the ball over two Western Michigan University defenders. The Huskies were swept by the Broncos on Tuesday 3-0. (Courtesy WMU Athletics | Ashley Huss)

Huskies throttled by Broncos in MACtion duel

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 17, 2023

Tuesday promised a heavy-hitting MACtion showdown featuring NIU volleyball and its stout defense against Western Michigan University and its high-powered offense. By night’s end, the Huskies’ aspirations of upsetting the MAC front-runner on the...

NIU junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic (21) jumps in the air for an attack against Eastern Michigan University during Thursday’s match at Victor E. Court. The Huskies return to action Tuesday for a matchup with conference powerhouse Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Ariyonna McGahee | Northern Star)

Huskies eye upset of top-ranked Broncos

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 16, 2023

The stage is set for a MACtion matchup featuring two of the conference’s top-five squads as NIU volleyball prepares for a brush with a conference powerhouse in enemy territory. The Huskies (8-12, 6-2 MAC) carry with them a three-games unbeaten streak...

Both teams gather as Northern Illinois University scores the point at The Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio, on Oct. 5, 2023. Photo provided by The Post (Joe Hallquist) October 5, 2023.

Streak snapped: Volleyball falls in 4 to Ohio

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | October 5, 2023

NIU volleyball displayed a first-set performance rife with discipline and efficiency, all put together to reward NIU with its first set win over Ohio University in nearly four years. From there, the game went downhill for the Huskies (5-12, 3-2 MAC)...

University of Akron redshirt junior wide receiver Daniel George fails to make a catch against NIU redshirt freshman safety Devin Lafayette early in the second quarter during the game on Saturday.

Akron clobbers NIU, upsets Huskies’ senior sendoff

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 27, 2022
NIU football wrapped up its tumultuous 2022 season with a blowout loss at home against the conference bottom-dweller Akron.
Barstool Sports personality Dan Big Cat Katz makes his betting prediction for the football game between NIU and Miami University scheduled for later that evening. Katz took the over number of 44.5 points, which was covered as NIU and Miami combined for 52 points during Wednesdays game. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Barstool brings the big-time to NIU, debates local pizza and MACtion

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | November 17, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU community got its night under the college football spotlight as Barstool Sports brought “The Barstool College Football Show” to Fatty’s Pub & Grille ahead of NIU football’s midweek matchup with Miami University on Wednesday. The...

A member of the crowd at Barstool Sports’ live presentation of the Barstool College Football Show on Wednesday holding up a cellphone to film the ending of the show at Fatty’s Pub & Grille. Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports president, announced the show’s season in early September, which included NIU in a series of Mid-American Conference games covered by the Barstool show. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Barstool Sports draws excitement to NIU community

By Sean Reed, Photo Editor | November 17, 2022

DeKALB – Fatty’s Pub & Grille hosted popular media group Barstool Sports’ Barstool College Football Show as the second episode of a two part series covering mid-week Mid-American Conference football games, the first being hosted Tuesday in Toledo,...

An NIU defender brings down Central Michigan University freshman quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr. during the first half of Wednesdays MACtion game between NIU and CMU at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU’s bowl hopes dashed by Chips in MACtion opener

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 2, 2022

DeKALB – NIU football’s bowl eligibility has gone up in smoke after falling 35-22 to the Central Michigan University Chippewas in Wednesday’s midweek "MACtion" matchup at Huskie Stadium. Wednesday’s Mid-American Conference showdown between...