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NIU sophomore guard David Coit (11) makes a three-point attempt while Kent State University redshirt senior guard Sincere Carry (3) defends during Tuesdays night Mid-American Conference basketball matchup at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. The Huskies upset the Golden Flashes 86-76. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies strike down Kent State with three-point mania

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | January 24, 2023
NIU sank 13 three-pointers Tuesday as the Huskies, winners of three straight games, downed MAC-unbeaten Kent State during a weeknight home stand.
Coit snags Huskie of the Week after team-leading scoring efforts

Coit snags Huskie of the Week after team-leading scoring efforts

By Northern Star Sports Staff | January 24, 2023

DeKALB – NIU sophomore guard David Coit scored 21 or more points in back-to-back games on his way to receiving the Northern Star’s first Huskie of the Week honor of Spring 2023. Coit led the Huskies in scoring during their recent matchups with...

This Week in Huskie Sports: Jan. 23, 2023

This Week in Huskie Sports: Jan. 23, 2023

By Northern Star Sports Staff | January 23, 2023

Six NIU sports teams will be tested on the home front this week as NIU settles in for its second week of classes. All competitions on NIU's slate will be played within Illinois state boundaries. Men's and women's basketball will each host a pair Mid-American...

NIU sophomore guard David Coit attempts a three-point jump shot over Miami University senior forward Anderson Mirambeaux in the second half of NIUs 81-77 win Tuesday. (Jake Ruffer | The Miami Student)

Timely free throws ward off RedHawks comeback

By Skyler Kisellus and Zachary Bertram | January 17, 2023
Now winners of two of its past three games, NIU men's basketball snapped its five-game skid against Miami-Ohio behind 16-for-26 second-half shooting.
Then-junior guard Kaleb Thornton searches for a passing lane during Wednesdays matchup against the Toledo Rockets. Thornton was NIUs second-best scorer in the contest with 18 points as the Huskies lost 100-72 to their Mid-American Conference Rivals in DeKalb.

Senior guards post career days in loss to Toledo

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | January 15, 2023

DeKALB – Career-best scoring performances by NIU senior guards Darweshi Hunter and Kaleb Thornton were not enough to defend home court in Tuesday’s MAC battle against the University of Toledo. Both players led the box score as the Rockets handed...

Akron sophomore wing Ali Ali (left) plays man defense against senior guard Anthony Crump during Tuesday nights Mid-American Conference matchup at the Convocation center in DeKalb. Crump finished the game third in NIU scoring, recording 11 points in their 70-54 defeat at home. (Zulfiqar Ahmed | Northern Star)

Huskies fall to Akron in MAC opener

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | January 7, 2023

The NIU men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Akron 76-51 in their first conference matchup of the year. Akron junior forward Enrique Freeman scored 27 points and recorded 15 rebounds for the Zips. Junior guard Greg Tribble contributed...

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)

NIU closes non-conference slate with upset win

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | December 23, 2022

NIU junior guard Keshawn Williams tied his career-high 32 points in a 67-57 upset victory over Indiana State University in Thursday’s afternoon matchup. The Huskies went into Thursday’s game with a record of 3-9, the worst record in the Mid-American...

Huskies redshirt Anthony Crump (left) helping senior guard Darweshi Hunter gain possession of the ball after UISs scoring during Monday nights game. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU ends road slate with third-straight loss

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | December 20, 2022

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball (3-8) fell to the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (8-4) on Saturday in a 90-63 rout in the Huskies’ final game of an eight-game road trip. Junior guard Keshawn Williams and sophomore guard Zarique Nutter were...

NIU redshirt senior forward Anthony Crump attempts to defend against a shot by Gonzaga University senior forward Drew Timme during Monday’s game. The Huskies failed to deliver an upset to the No. 15 Gonzaga, allowing the Bulldogs to extend their home winning streak to 71 games. (Courtesy Gonzaga Athletics)

Offensive struggles prevent NIU upset of No. 15 Gonzaga

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | December 13, 2022

The NIU men’s basketball team was defeated by No. 15 Gonzaga University 88-67 on Monday in its first ever meeting with the Bulldogs. Gonzaga extended its home winning streak to 71 games, the longest active home winning streak in the NCAA. A backdoor...

Hockey hosts conference foe in final weekend of semester

Hockey hosts conference foe in final weekend of semester

By Northern Star Staff | December 2, 2022

DeKALB – NIU hockey is the only team scheduled to defend home this weekend while both of NIU’s basketball teams travel on the road. Meanwhile, NIU’s track and field season gets underway with an event hosted by the University of Notre Dame. Friday,...

Then-junior guard Kaleb Thornton searches for a passing lane during Wednesdays matchup against the Toledo Rockets. Thornton was NIUs second-best scorer in the contest with 18 points as the Huskies lost 100-72 to their Mid-American Conference Rivals in DeKalb.

Huskies defeated in first match of Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | November 21, 2022

DeKALB – Shooting woes plagued the Huskies as they fell to 1-3 on their early season, losing 68-50 against the undefeated Georgia Institute of Technology Yellow Jackets in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off. Sophomore guard Zarique Nutter put...

NIU sophomore guard Zarique Nutter attempts a layup at the beginning of the second half in NIUs non-conference matchup with Purdue University Northwest on Monday. Nutters layup attempt was successful, giving NIU its first score of the second half on its way to a 99-73 victory. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Scoring success pushes Huskies past Pride

By Ethan Gonzales and Skyler Kisellus | November 15, 2022

DeKALB – NIU men’s basketball entered the win column for the first time this season after pulling out a 99-73 victory in its first ever meeting with the Purdue University Northwest Pride on Monday evening. Fresh off a pair of losses to in-state opponents,...