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Sophomore forward Yanic Konan Niederhauser (from left) shoots a free throw while sophomore forward Xavier Amos (13), freshman guard Will Lovings-Watts (1), junior guard Zarique Nutter (2) and redshirt sophomore Zion Russell huddle up in an NIU mens basketball home game against the University at Buffalo on Feb. 13. All five players have entered the transfer portal since the end of the 2023-2024 regular season. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

5 NIU men’s basketball players enter transfer portal

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 27, 2024

DeKALB – Five NIU men’s basketball players have entered the transfer portal, per multiple social media posts. Verbal Commits announced that junior guard Zarique Nutter, sophomore forwards Xavier Amos and Yanic Konan Niederhauser, freshman guard...

Sophomore forward Xavier Amos passes the ball during an NIU mens basketball home game against Eastern Michigan University on Feb. 3. Amos led the Huskies in scoring with 19 points Saturday against the University of South Alabama. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Coit-less Huskies fall to South Alabama in MAC-SBC Challenge

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | February 10, 2024

NIU men’s basketball was defeated 75-66 by the University of South Alabama in the Huskies’ second and final matchup of the MAC-SBC Challenge. A 23-point performance from Chicago native and senior guard Tyrell Jones propelled the Jaguars to their...

A graphic shows sophomore forward Xavier Amos. Amos has led the Huskies in scoring in their past two games, scoring 25 points against Central Michigan University and 19 points against Eastern Michigan University. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

Amos scores second Huskie of the Week honor

By Northern Star Sports Staff | February 5, 2024

DeKALB – A 19-point, 6-rebound performance from sophomore forward Xavier Amos propelled NIU men’s basketball to its first conference win and Amos’ second Huskie of the Week honor. The 6-foot-8-inch forward led the Huskies in scoring in their...

Sophomore forward Yanic Konan Niederhauser (14) is guarded by Indiana State players while going for a layup as sophomore forward Xavier Amos (13) waits for a rebound during the first quarter Tuesday. The Huskies fell to Monmouth at the buzzer on Saturday. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Monmouth downs men’s basketball at buzzer

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | December 9, 2023

DeKALB – A buzzer-beater three from senior guard Jakari Spence lifted Monmouth University (5-4) to a 74-71 victory over NIU men’s basketball (5-4). After holding a 41-29 halftime lead, the Huskies once again collapsed in the second half. NIU was...

A graphic shows sophomore forward Xavier Amos as the Huskie of the Week. Amos scored a career-high 26 points on Monday against Northwestern University. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

Amos nets Huskie of the Week behind dazzling scoring display

By Northern Star Sports Staff | December 4, 2023

DeKALB – A career-high scoring performance against a Big Ten opponent helped NIU men’s basketball sophomore forward Xavier Amos secure his first career Huskie of the Week honor. Amos scored 26 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in an 89-67 loss...

Junior guard Zarique Nutter goes for a layup in mens basketballs game against Illinois Tech on Nov. 13. Nutter posted 15 points in the Huskies 89-67 loss to Northwestern on Monday. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball trounced at Northwestern

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | November 28, 2023

EVANSTON – After leading its Big Ten opponent by 1 point to end the first half, NIU men’s basketball (5-2) fell apart Monday in the second half and was blown out by Northwestern University (5-1) 89-67. NIU led 42-41 at the half despite zero points...