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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...

NIU junior guard Zarique Nutter (2) shoots a free throw after a personal foul from Toledo’s redshirt freshman forward Javan Simmons on Jan. 23. Nutter finished with 22 points in a win over Miami University Tuesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies slip past RedHawks, win second straight

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 7, 2024

DeKALB – Clutch shot-making and a dominant defensive effort helped NIU men’s basketball (8-14, 2-8 MAC) hold on for a nail-biting 62-59 victory over the Miami University RedHawks (11-12, 5-6 MAC) Tuesday. The Huskies racked up 8 steals and 3 blocks,...

Eastern Michigan sophomore guard Emoni Bates (21) approaches NIU sophomore guard Zarique Nutter (2) as he passes the ball down the court during the afternoon game on Friday at the NIU Convocation Center. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies trounce Eastern Michigan on senior day

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 3, 2023

DeKALB – Five Huskies scored in double digits to push NIU men’s basketball past Eastern Michigan University with an 85-66 senior day victory. NIU honored four seniors in Friday’s contest. Senior guards Drew Wiemers, Kaleb Thornton and Darweshi...

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.
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 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,...