Huskies Drop 77-65 Decision at Home to Western Michigan

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Feb. 15, 2011

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Western Michigan 77, Northern Illinois 65
Convocation Center | DeKalb, Ill

1st 2nd Final
Western Michigan
38
39
77
Northern Illinois 26
39
65
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Attendance: 557
 Player of the Game

Nate Rucker
Points: 11
FG: 4-6
Rebounds: 3
Assists: 2

 

 Team Stats
NIU OPP
 FG Percentage
41.5 45.2
 3-Point FG Percentage 33.3 37.5
 FT Percentage 64.0 71.4
 Offensive Rebounds
8 15
 Defensive Rebounds 24 31
 Total Rebounds 32 46
 Assists
10 14
 Turnovers
11 13
 Blocks
4 4
 Steals
3 5
 Points in the Paint
24 32
 Points off Turnovers
13 7
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DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's basketball team tied Western Michigan in the second half, 39-39, but it was not enough to overcome a 38-26 halftime deficit. With the 77-65 win, the Broncos improved to 14-10, 7-4 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Huskies fell to 7-17, 3-9 in league action. Freshman forward Nate Rucker paced NIU with 11 points, marking his 10th double figure scoring output of the season.

Junior guard DeMarcus Grady added 10 points in nine minutes of play off the bench.

The Broncos shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the first half to help build their halftime advantage and although the Huskies shot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) in the second half, they were unable to reduce the WMU lead to less than eight.

“We played them even for a half, the second half, unfortunately we ourselves a 12-point hole at halftime and ended up losing by 12,” said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. “We still have to learn to play for 40 minutes.”

Western Michigan out-rebounded Northern Illinois 46-32 in the contest.

The Broncos jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the opening three minutes, but a 12-5 run gave NIU its first lead of the game, 16-15, with 8:46 left in the first half. Redshirt freshman forward Antone Christian netted a pair of baskets during the run for the Huskies and senior guard Jeremy Landers added a deep triple from the wing.

Landers finished with eight points, including 2-of-2 from three-point range.

Tied at 18, the Broncos scored six-straight before the Huskies answered right back with the next six to tie the game again, 24-24.

Western Michigan then closed the half on a 14-2 run to take a 38-26 lead into the intermission.

Demetrius Ward had 12 points at the intermission for the Broncos and Flenard Whitfield added 11 in the opening 20 minutes for WMU.

The Broncos scored the first two points of the second half to take a 14-point advantage, but junior forward Lee Fisher answered by converting an old-fashioned three-point play, sparking a 9-3 burst for NIU that pulled the Huskies back within single-digits, 43-35, with just under 14 minutes to play in the second half.

Still leading by eight with 10:43 remaining, Western Michigan went on a 16-6 run to push its lead to 18, the largest of the game, with six minutes remaining.

Grady scored eight points in the next 90 seconds for NIU to help the Huskies cut the Bronco advantage to 10, but that was as close as Northern Illinois would come in the second half.

Mike Douglas led all scorers with 16 points and seven assists for Western Michigan. Ward added 15 points, Juwan Howard Jr. netted 12 points off the bench and Whitfield posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

NIU will continue its homestand on Saturday, Feb. 19, when the Huskies host Seattle University in the ESPN BracketBusters. Game time against the Redhawks is scheduled for 3 p.m., and will be preceded by the alumni game at 12:30 p.m., as part of NIU Basketball’s Alumni Day festivities.