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Sophomore guard Keshawn WIlliams attempts a layup during Saturdays game against the University of Toledo Rockets. Williams finished as NIUs leading scorer with 19 points in the 100-72 loss at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (NIU Athletics)

Huskie guards shine as NIU wallops Eastern Illinois

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | December 1, 2022

NIU’s dominant guard play led the way for the Huskies as they got back into the win column with a 90-70 victory over Eastern Illinois University. The Huskies’ backcourt dominated the Panthers’ defense, as they combined for 49 points in the dominant...

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...

Then sophomore guard Darius Beane drives to the basket in a Jan. 25 game against Western Michigan University at the NIU Convocation Center. Beane scored 13 points in the last game against UIC.

Men’s basketball grinds out a MAC victory

By Jarrett Huff | January 26, 2020

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team gutted out a tough and gritty Mid-American Conference victory Saturday against the Western Michigan University Broncos. “Typical MAC game,” Montgomery said. “Unbelievable defense [was] played on both ends...

Huskies hit season-high in assists as men’s basketball routs Rockford

By Jarrett Huff | November 17, 2019

DeKALB — The Huskies soundly defeated the Rockford University Regents by a score of 96-48 Saturday. The team had a season-high 18 assists.NIU struggled early in the season with getting players involved on offense, posting just seven combined assists...

The Huskie defense locks down UNI sophomore guard AJ Green Saturday during NIUs 64-54 loss against University of Northern Iowa at the Convocation Center.

UNI exposes Huskies’ weaknesses on defense even as second half saw improvements

By Jarrett Huff | November 10, 2019

DeKALB — The men’s basketball defense was put to the test Saturday against the University of Northern Iowa. The team seemed to run out of gas toward the end of both halves, letting the Panthers run away with the game.Coming into the game, Head Coach...

Senior guard Eugene German and redshirt senior forward Lacey James take a defensive position Tuesday during NIU’s 85-50 win against Roosevelt University at the Convocation Center.

Men’s basketball begins season with home-court opener against Northern Iowa

By Jarrett Huff | November 9, 2019

DeKALB — Men’s basketball will host the University of Northern Iowa for its first game of the regular season 3 p.m. Saturday at the Convocation Center.The teams last met Nov. 28, 2009, with UNI winning 52-45. NIU is 8-13 against UNI all-time. The...

Huskies have tough road to MAC play, German says he wants to ‘win them all’

By Mike Knapp | November 8, 2019

DeKALB — Men’s basketball opens its 2019-20 season this Saturday, and expectations couldn’t be higher.NIU is coming off a season where it won 17 games and advanced to the Mid-American Conference tournament semifinals for the first time since 2003....

Senior guard Myia Starks charges through three Crimson defenders Tuesday in the Huskies’ season opener. The team lost 59-53 at the Convocation Center.

Women’s basketball’s late comeback not enough as Huskies lose to Harvard

By Quentin Wilson | November 6, 2019

DeKALB — A second quarter run from the Harvard University Crimson buried the women’s basketball team 59-53 Tuesday in its opening game.“[It’s] obviously not the result we were looking for,” Head Coach Lisa Carlsen said. “We got a lot of good...

Junior Forward Riley Blackwell goes up for a jump ball March 6 during NIUs 67-64 defeat to Ball State University at the Convocation Center.

Women’s basketball opens season with home game against Harvard

By Justin Kelley | November 5, 2019

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team is set to kick off its regular season 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Convocation Center against the Harvard University Crimson. NIU is coming off a solid performance Oct. 29 against Judson University, winning its preseason...

Mondays with Monty

Mondays with Monty

By Sara Karikomi | February 18, 2016

John Cheney, associate athletic director of Facilities and Event Operations, introduces members of the NIU basketball coaching staff Monday at Fanatico, 1215 Blackhawk Road. At the last "Mondays with Monty" of the basketball season, fans got an opportunity...

Freshman looks to add energy to NIU basketball

Freshman looks to add energy to NIU basketball

By Brian Earle | January 28, 2013

Bringing a hard work ethic and lots of energy to practice is a good way to earn some extra playing time on the basketball court. Recently, freshman guard J.J. Cravatta’s strong play during practice has caught the eyes of his teammates and coach Mark...