Huskies Fight Back in Second Half, but Fall to No. 23/25 Illinois, 80-61

GO HUSKIES Anderson scored just four points, but had 10 rebounds
GO HUSKIES
Anderson scored just four points, but had 10 rebounds
GO HUSKIES

Nov. 17, 2009

Final Stats

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Playing its second Big Ten Conference opponent in four days, the Northern Illinois men's basketball team (0-2) put up a valiant defensive effort to reduce a 19-point first-half deficit to just three points early in the second half, but No. 23/25 Illinois (2-0) placed five players in double-figures en route to an 80-61 win over the short-handed Huskies Tuesday night at Assembly Hall. The game marked the first-ever meeting between NIU and the Fighting Illini.

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Najul Ervin and Tony Nixon led the Huskies (0-2) in scoring with 10 points each.