Michael Benson: February 2013 Archives

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois dropped their lone game of the week Saturday in a 59-47 loss against Eastern Illinois in the Ramada Worldwide Bracketbusters.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies lost a pair of MAC West road games over the last week. On Wednesday morning, NIU  was handed a 72-40 loss from MAC-leading Toledo. Three days later, Northern fell to Ball State, 64-54.

Wrestling: The Huskies ended their regular season on a high note, defeating Gardner-Webb, 22-12, and Cleveland State, 26-11. Nick Smith, Rob Jillard, Andrew Morse and Parker Settecase each won both of their matches on the day.

Gymnastics: Northern Illinois posted eight 9.8 scores against No. 21 Kent State Saturday, but it was not enough in a 195.800-194.350 loss to the Golden Flashes.

Track & Field: NIU finished 10th at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships in Ypsilanti, Mich. Janay Mitchell led the way with a second place finish in the 60 meters, while Jamie Burr and Megan Gregory earned sixth place finishes in the 800 meters and 60 hurdles, respectively.

Baseball: Northern Illinois went 1-3 in a four-game set with Nevada out in Reno. The Huskies' late rally on Friday came short in a 7-3 Wolfpack win. The two squads split a doubleheader Saturday, as NIU won, 12-4, prior to Nevada's 13-0 triumph in the first game. The series finale went the way of the Wolfpack in a tight 3-2 decision.

Softball: NIU went 2-3 at Florida Atlantic's Strike-Out Cancer Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla. On Friday, the Huskies split their two games, beating North Florida in extras, 4-2, and losing to Providence, 13-7. Northern was swept on Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Towson and a 1-0 loss to Connecticut. However, the tournament ended positively with a 7-3 win against host FAU.

Men's Tennis: NIU split a pair of Saturday contests at home. In the first match, the Huskies swept Western Illinois, 7-0, before falling to the Green Bay Phoenix, 4-1.

Women's Tennis: The Huskies easily defeated in-state rival Chicago State, sweeping the Cougars, 7-0.

Men's Golf: The Huskies took second place Saturday at the 36-hole Forest Hills Collegiate. Bryce Emory paced NIU with a fifth place showing.

Women's Golf: NIU kicked off their spring season in Daytona Beach with a second place finish at the Gary Freeman BCU Spring Invitational. Alllie Parthie and Taylor Ellett both earned top 10 showings by placing second and sixth, respectively.

HUSKIES FIND SUCCESS AT JIM FOX OPEN

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While the starters were in Buffalo, a quartet of Huskies placed at the Jim Fox Open in Dubuque, Iowa. Leading the way was Billy Chancey, who won the 165-pound bracket. Meanwhile, Shawn Fayette took second at 149, while Braun Marquez (125) and Gabe Morse (149) each netted third place showings.

Here is the match-by-match breakdown of how each Huskie did in northeast Iowa.

125: Braun Marquez - Third Place
Kyle Larson (Iowa State) dec. Braun Marquez (NIU), 5-1
Braun Marquez (NIU) pins Chris Alvarez (Kennedy-King), 3:27
Braun Marquez (NIU) pins Tom Foy (Wheaton), 2:09

149: Shawn Fayette - Second Place
Shawn Fayette (NIU) pins Dylan Wright (St. Cloud State), 1:50
Shawn Fayette (NIU) dec. Eric Powell (Dubuque), 6-1
Roger Wildmo (Michigan State) pins Shawn Fayette (NIU), 0:47

149: Gabe Morse - Third Place
Roger Wildmo (Michigan State) pins Gabe Morse (NIU), 4:00
Gabe Morse (NIU) pins Gage Burt (Wheaton), 1:13
Gabe Morse (NIU) tech. fall Jason Clark (Simpson), 16-0
Gabe Morse (NIU) maj. dec. Dylan Wright (St. Cloud State), 9-0
Gabe Morse (NIU) dec. Duane Richardson (Upper Iowa), 3-1
Gabe Morse (NIU) dec. Eric Powell (Dubuque), 8-4

165: Billy Chancey - First Place
Billy Chancey (NIU) pins Matt Ellis (Wheaton), 2:01
Billy Chancey (NIU) dec. Peter Huang (Wheaton), 4-0
Billy Chancey (NIU) wins by injury forfeit over Matt Vercillo (Wartburg)

DAN ROUSHAR HIRED BY NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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Former Northern Illinois assistant coach and NIU alum Dan Roushar was hired as the running backs coach of the New Orleans Saints over the weekend. Roushar will join Sean Payton's staff after spending his last six seasons at Michigan State. During the past three seasons at MSU, Roushar served as the Spartan's offensive coordinator, where he helped the likes of Kirk Cousins, Le'Veon Bell and Andrew Maxwell set new school records.

Prior to his stint in East Lansing, Mich., Roushar spent the 1997-2002 seasons coaching the Huskies' offensive line and serving as offensive coordinator. While coaching NIU, Roushar helped groom Ryan Diem into an NFL prospect, while recruiting future NFL starter Doug Free to DeKalb. He has also spent time at Butler, Rhode Island, Ball State, Illinois and Cincinnati.

Roushar graduated from NIU in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in physical education, while also earning two varsity letters as a quarterback with the Huskies.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois lost two tight MAC West contests during the week. At home on Wednesday, the Huskies lost in a 56-52 decision to Ball State despite Antoine Christian's season-high 14 points. Saturday evening, NIU let an eight-point lead late in the game slip away in a 66-58 loss at Western Michigan.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies dropped their lone game of the week, a 60-49 defeat at the hands of Bowling Green. Amanda Corral paced the NIU offense with 12 points.

Wrestling: The Huskies capped their MAC slate on a positive note, defeating Buffalo, 20-18. Nick Smith, Rob Jillard, Andrew Morse and Matt Mougin got wins for NIU early before Jared Torrence won the meet with an overtime decision at heavyweight.

Gymnastics: Northern Illinois recorded a season-best score for the second consecutive meet, but it was not enough in a 195.175-194.375 loss at Iowa State. Kim Gotlund posted career-best scores on the balance beam and uneven bars.

Track & Field: NIU earned three event titles Friday at the Ball State Quadrangular en route to a second place team finish. Janay Mitchell and Megan Gregory won the 60 meters and 60 hurdles, respectively, while Meghan Heuer captured her first event title at NIU with a win in the 3000 meters.

Baseball: Northern Illinois opened their season at Texas Tech's Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic. The weekend opened with an 8-0 loss against the host Red Raiders. On Saturday, the Huskies used a late rally against BYU, but fell short in a 5-3 defeat. Sunday's twinbill saw NIU drop games against Northern Colorado, 3-2, and TTU, 13-0.

Women's Tennis: NIU grabbed three wins during a weekend swing in Indianapolis. The Huskies defeated IUPUI Friday, 6-1, Indianapolis Saturday, 7-0, and Butler Sunday, 6-1.

Men's Golf: NIU opened their spring season Monday and Tuesday with a fourth place finish at the MAC Match Play in Dade City, Fla. After upsetting second-seeded Akron in the first round, the Huskies lost to eventual champion Bowling Green to close out Monday. On Tuesday, Northern dropped a tight contest against Eastern Michigan in the third-place match.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois dropped two MAC East contests over the past week. On Wednesday, NIU fell 57-41 against Bowling Green in the Convocation Center. Three days later, the Huskies got through the snowstorm to Buffalo, but lost in the last seconds against the Bulls, 59-54.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies got their first two MAC wins of the year, both coming on the road. NIU shot 59.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from three-point range Wednesday to down Ohio, 73-52. Sunday at Kent State, the Huskies topped the Golden Flashes, 52-47.

Wrestling: The Huskies closed out their home schedule Friday inside the Convocation Center, losing to in-state rival Northwestern, 36-6. Rob Jillard got the lone NIU win with a first period pin.

Gymnastics: Northern Illinois posted their highest point total of the year Friday night, but lost to No. 21 Central Michigan, 194.800-194.025. NIU's team score was 1.150 points higher than its previous season best.

Track & Field: NIU continued their streak of strong performances over the weekend, posting 11 top 10 finishes and two MAC automatic qualifying marks over the weekend at the GVSU Big Meet. Janay Mitchell and Megan Gregory earned auto berths in the 60 meters and 60 hurdles, respectively, while Jamie Burr took third in the 800 meters.

Softball: Northern Illinois started their season with a 3-2 performance at Baylor's Getterman Classic. On Friday, the Huskies defeated Illinois State, 3-1, and Sam Houston State, 4-0. Saturday saw NIU drop a pair of games against No. 22 Baylor, 4-1 and 1-0, before capping their stay with a 5-3 victory over SHSU.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies split their two contests in the St. Louis area over the weekend. NIU defeated Saint Louis, 6-1, for their sixth-straight win Saturday, but lost to SIU Edwardsville, 4-3, on Sunday.

Women's Tennis: NIU improved to 5-1 on the season with a pair of wins downstate. On Saturday, the Huskies pulled out a tight 4-3 win against Saint Louis before sweeping SIU Edwardsville, 7-0, on Sunday.

NIU WEEKLY RADIO SHOW RETURNS SATURDAY

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After taking a break in January, the NIU Weekly radio show returns to the air this Saturday on 670 The Score. Fans can listen to the show starting at 7:30 a.m.

This week, NIU Football head coach Rod Carey talks about the new coaching staff and the 2013 recruiting class that was just announced Wednesday.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois was involved in two tight contests over the past week with different results. On Wednesday, Abdel Nader's jumper with 2.2 seconds left helped the Huskies beat Kent State, 67-65. Three days later, Toledo came in to the Convocation Center and emerged with a 69-64 win over NIU.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies dropped two games during the week. Despite trailing at the half, NIU surged back from an 18-point deficit to take a lead against Eastern Michigan, but ultimately lost in a 67-62 decision. On Super Bowl Sunday against MAC East leader Miami (Ohio), the Huskies pushed the RedHawks, but lost, 65-51.

Gymnastics: Northern Illinois improved their record to 3-0 at home with a 192.875-192.775 win against Southeast Missouri State Saturday. Senior Natalie Sutter had the highest score of the meet with a 9.825 in the floor exercise.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies upped their winning streak to five over the weekend with a trio of victories. On Friday, NIU defeated Dayton, 5-2, and Valparaiso, 7-0. They followed that up Sunday with a 4-2 win against UIC.

Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, falling in a 6-1 decision to Southern Illinois.
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