Strong Second Half Falls Short in Huskie Loss to Seattle



Feb. 19, 2011

Final Stats

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Seattle 60, Northern Illinois 48
Convocation Center | DeKalb, Ill

1st 2nd Final
Northern Illinois 12
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Attendance: 557
 Player of the Game

Antone Christian
Points: 12
FG: 4-12
Rebounds: 7
Assists: 2


 Team Stats
 FG Percentage
33.3 80.6
 3-Point FG Percentage 77.8 11.1
 FT Percentage 17.6 30.9
 Offensive Rebounds
12 14
 Defensive Rebounds 25 27
 Total Rebounds 37 41
9 6
21 17
6 2
8 7
 Points in the Paint
14 26
 Points off Turnovers
11 13
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DEKALB, Ill.- The Northern Illinois men's basketball team held its opponents to a 30.9-percent shooting effort, with just a 11.0-percent mark from behind the arc, but the Huskie defense could not stifle Seattle as NIU fell 60-48 to the Redhawks on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center.

Senior guard Michael Patton led NIU with a season-best 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Redshirt freshman guard Antone Christian added 12 points and a career-high seven rebounds.

Northern Illinois shot 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the floor in the second half while holding Seattle to just four field goals after the intermission (4-of-18), but was unable to overcome the halftime deficit.

“I was proud of the effort in the second half,” said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. “They played to the end, didn’t have any quit in them and gave us everything that they had.”

An 8-0 run early in the contest gave Seattle a 10-2 lead less than four minutes in. The Huskies started 1-of-9 from the field.

The Redhawks lead grew to 17-4 with 11 minutes left in the first half. A layup by freshman forward Nate Rucker cut into the Seattle advantage before the Redhawks went on another run. Seattle took a 33-12 lead into the intermission.

Alex Jones had nine points at the break to lead all scorers for the Redhawks. The Huskies shot just 13.8 percent (4-of-29) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 0-of-10 from behind the three-point arc. Seattle shot 35.1 percent (13-of-37) in the first half. Seattle outscored Northern Illinois 20-4 in the paint.

Senior guard Xavier Silas and junior forward Lee Fisher made the first two baskets of the second stanza to spark the Huskies out of the locker room. Three consecutive baskets by Patton cut the Seattle advantage to 39-24 with 12:55 to play in the second half.

Following a timeout, Fisher connected on a jumper from the free-throw line to push the NIU run to 8-0 and cut the Seattle lead to 13.

A triple by Christian started a 12-2 burst for NIU that cut the Seattle advantage to 52-41. Patton and junior forward Cameron Madlock made field goals during the spurt for the Huskies and Christian capped the run with a layup to bring NIU within 11 with 3:15 to play, but that is as close as the comeback would get.

Seattle went 25-of-31 from the free-throw line in the contest while Northern Illinois went 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.

Cervante Burrell led Seattle with 17 points. Jones and Aaron Broussard each added 12 points for the Redhawks.

NIU will be back in action in Wednesday, Feb. 23, when it hosts Central Michigan in the final game of a four-game homestand. Tipoff between the Huskies and Chippewas is scheduled for 7 p.m.



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