Dec. 22, 2007
Green Bay 86, Northern Illinois 75 in PDF Format
Green Bay, Wis. - Green Bay junior guard Ryan Tillema posted a career-high 33 points, including 21 in the second half, and the Phoenix knocked down 28-of-33 attempts from the free throw line on their way to the 86-75 non-conference victory over the Northern Illinois men's basketball team at the Resch Center on Saturday afternoon.
In the second half, Tillema was 7-of-9 from the field, including four three-pointers. For the game, Tillema was 12-for-14 from the charity stripe.
Phoenix junior forward Mike Schachtner added 18 points, while classmate Terry Evans added 10 points in the victory.
"I thought their shooters stepped up and made big shots," NIU head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton said of the Phoenix. "28-of-33 free throws certainly sealed the deal. They did a nice job."
With the victory, Green Bay improves to 7-4 overall, while the Huskies fall to 2-9 on the campaign.
NIU's bench continues to impress as the Huskie reserves, led by a team-high 15 points from Darion Anderson (Chicago, Ill./Carver Military Academy), outscored the starters, 45-30. Senior forward Michael Hart (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Carthage College) scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
That marks the second straight time and the fifth time this season that the NIU bench has outscored the Huskie starters, a feat that has never occurred in the Division I era.
Huskie starting freshman guard Michael Patton (Boulder, Colo./Boulder/Solebury School (PA)) added a season-high 14 points, while knocking down three treys on the afternoon.
Early on, NIU was clicking on all cylinders as the Huskies built a 26-18 lead with 6:32 left in the first half. The Phoenix, however, went on a 19-5 run, punctuated with a Tillema trey at the buzzer to give Green Bay a 37-31 lead that they would never relinquish.
The Huskies return to DeKalb on Saturday, December 29, for a 12 p.m. showdown with Arkansas-Little Rock at the NIU Convocation Center.