Feb. 17, 2007
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DeKalb, Ill. - UW-Green Bay sophomore forward Mike Schactner led four Phoenix in double-figure scoring with a game-high 25 points, leading UWGB to the 82-76 victory over Northern Illinois in a BracketBusters match-up at the NIU Convocation Center on Saturday (Feb. 17) afternoon.
Phoenix senior point guard Ryan Evanochko (5 assists) and sophomore guard Ryan Tillema (4 treys) each scored 17 points, while Terry Evans added 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench for UWGB.
With the victory, UWGB improves to 16-12 on the campaign, while the Huskies fall to 6-19 overall.
NIU junior guard Zach Pancratz (Schaumburg, Ill.) tied a career-high with a team-best 22 points, including five three-pointers. Senior center James Hughes (Silvis, Ill.) posted 19 points, five rebounds and four blocks in the loss.
For the game, NIU tied a season-low with 12 turnovers on the afternoon, but those turnovers proved costly as the Phoenix scored 20 points off of the Huskie miscues.
UWGB also made the most of their free throw attempts, as the Phoenix knocked down 86.2% (25-for-29) of their tries from the charity stripe.
NIU was flawless at the free throw line on Saturday, as the Huskies knocked down all 14 of their charity shots. That tied the school-record for free throw percentage, previously set against Cornell (NY) on December 23, 1970, when the Huskies converted all 16 of their attempts.
The Huskies' performance at the free throw line was a new Convocation Center record, as Illinois State previously held the standard with a 93.8% (15-for-16) performance on November 26, 2003.
NIU enjoyed a sizeable advantage in the paint, as the Huskies outscored UWGB 32-20 down low.
"The difference in this game was the free throw line," NIU head coach Rob Judson said. "Usually, a team attacking the paint goes to the free throw line more than the team that takes a lot of threes. And we had more points in the paint, and they shot more threes. And they shot 29 free throws and we shot 14. It's disappointing to have that margin."
The Huskies are back in action on Thursday (Feb. 22) night, as they welcome MAC West leading, Toledo, to the NIU Convocation Center for a 7 p.m. (CST) tip-off. --NIU--