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NIU senior guard Chelby Koker drives to the basket as Miami University senior guard Peyton Scott defends during the Huskies’ home game against the RedHawks on January 18, 2023 at the NIU Convocation Center. Miami prevailed in a 74-69 contest. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Carlsen earns win No. 300 in upset over Bowling Green

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 15, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women's basketball (13-11,5-8 MAC ) upset the No. 1 ranked team in the Mid-American Conference Bowling Green State University (22-3, 11-2 MAC) by a final score of 85-81 to earn head coach Lisa Carlsen her 300th career win.   Wednesday's...

Sophomore guard David Coit attempting to maneuver past CMU’s freshman guard Emil Skytta in the second half of the game on January 10, 2023 at NIU. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Undermanned Huskies drop second straight game to Ball State

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 15, 2023

DeKALB - Ball State University took down NIU men’s basketball Tuesday 87-77, snapping the Huskies four game road win streak. The Cardinals completed a season-series sweep of the shorthanded Huskies, led by a dominant performance from sophomore center...

Huskie senior guard Chelby Koker (10) dribbles the ball to an open part of the court while junior forward Tara Stauffacher (21) defends Koker from University of Akron’s sophomore forward Reagan Bass (34) on Wednesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Career night from Koker propels Huskies to dominant victory

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (12-10, 4-7 MAC) dominated the University of Akron 88-63 (14-8, 5-6 MAC), extending their winning streak to two games. Senior guard Chelby Koker’s record night from behind the arch led the Huskies to a 88-63 win...

Huskies sophomore guard David Coit (11) rushes for the ball behind Ohio University’s senior guard DeVon Baker (22) during the Huskies’ matchup against the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Huskie Basketball falls short to Ohio

By Tim Dodge, Senior Photojournalist | February 8, 2023

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....