NIU Men's Cagers Look To Continue Winning Ways At Home Against Eastern Michigan

GO HUSKIES Junior Sean Smith and the Huskies square off against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.
Junior Sean Smith and the Huskies square off against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.

Jan. 14, 2008

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DeKalb, Ill. - Northern Illinois looks to extend its four-game home winning streak on Wednesday night, as the Huskies welcome Eastern Michigan to the NIU Convocation Center for a 7 p.m. (CST) tip-off.
   The Huskies are coming off of a 78-62 victory over Toledo this past Sunday (Jan. 13) behind a season-high 21 points from junior guard Jarvis Nichols. Nichols is averaging a team-best 10.7 points-per-game for the Huskies.
   Eastern Michigan, led by five players scoring in double-figures, earned the 81-71 win over Western Michigan last Saturday (Jan. 12). Junior guard Carlos Medlock tops the Eagles in scoring, averaging 12.8 points-per-game.

All-Time Series: Northern Illinois holds a 45-24 lead over the Eagles in their all-time series.

The Last Time: NIU senior center James Hughes posted a game-high 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting, tied a career-high with six blocks and scored his 1,000th point in a NIU uniform, as the host Huskies earned the 76-69 MAC victory over Eastern Michigan on March 4, 2007.

Home Winning Streak: With a victory over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, Northern Illinois will have its fifth straight home victory - the Huskies' longest since a six game home stretch during the 2004-05 campaign.

Defensive Clamps: NIU's first six opponents of the season, each shot 50.0% or better against the Huskies. Since then, the Huskies have held six of their last eight opponents to under 40.0% shooting from the field.

Like Father, Like Son: NIU head coach Ricardo Patton is one of 13 coaches across America, whose son is playing for his squad. Michael Patton is a freshman point guard for the Huskies, who is averaging 6.5 points-per-game.

Streakin': NIU senior forward Shaun Logan has knocked down at least one trey in the last ten games. During that span, Logan is shooting 43.8% (14-for-32) from beyond the arc.

The Godfather: NIU head coach Ricardo Patton is the godfather to Eastern Michigan head coach Charles Ramsey's son, Tre.

Are You Experienced?: Of NIU's 11 active players, the Huskies have six student-athletes who are in their first season of Division I basketball.

Sixth Man: NIU junior guard Jarvis Nichols leads the Mid-American Conference in scoring off the bench (as of January 14), as the Huskies' sixth man is chipping in 10.7 points-per-game. Nichols has started less than one-third of the Huskies' contests with just one start out of 14 games.

Blazin' Bench: The NIU bench outscored the Huskie starters 62-16 in the 78-62 win over Toledo on Sunday (Jan. 13), marking the sixth time this season, the most in NIU Division I history, that the reserves have accomplished that feat. As a team, NIU's bench is averaging 30.2 points-per-game.

Blazin' Bench (Part Deux): Those 62 points against the Rockets is the most points scored by the NIU bench since December 6, 2000, when the Huskie bench tallied 68 in a 121-88 win over Rockford College.

20/20/20 Vision: Nichols' 21 points against Toledo on Sunday marked the third consecutive game that a different NIU player has scored at least 20 points, following senior forward Shaun Logan (20 points, Arkansas-Little Rock) and freshman guard Michael Patton (20 points, Western Michigan). The last time NIU had four different people score 20 points in consecutive games came during the 1988-89 campaign with Andrew Wells (21 points, Loyola), Donnell Thomas (23 points, Wright State), Donald Whiteside (21 points, Lamar) and Stacy Arrington (21 points, Chicago State).

Rand Out: Senior swingman Ben Rand is out indefinitely with plantar facsciitis in his left foot.

Freshman `20': With his 20 point performance against Western Michigan on January 5, guard Michael Patton became NIU's second freshman this season, joining Darion Anderson (23 points, Indiana State, Nov. 20), to reach the 20-point plateau. The last time NIU had two freshmen each score at least 20 points in a game during a season was during the 1973-74 campaign, when both Carroll Holmes and Ricky Hicks each accomplished that feat.

Fine Freshman: Huskie guard Darion Anderson is second among MAC freshmen in scoring (as of Jan. 14), as he is averaging 8.7 points-per-game. Bowling Green's Chris Knight tops the MAC with 12.4 points-per-game.

Paradise Lost: NIU senior guard Ryan Paradise announced on Friday, January 11th that he would hang up his No. 10 jersey due to the pain from the numerous injuries that he has sustained throughout his tenure as a Huskie.

Calling All Alumni: NIU will hold its 8th Annual Alumni Day on February 2, prior to the Huskies' 2 p.m. showdown against Ohio. Doors will open at 10 a.m. with the Alumni game held at 11 a.m. at the NIU Convocation Center. For more information, contact NIU Director of Marketing Cindy Green at (815) 753-0369 or

Recruiting Class: NIU head coach Ricardo Patton has inked four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, including guards Mike Dinunno (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben), Bryan Hall (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), Dominique Johnson (Detroit, Mich./Southwest Tennessee C.C.) and forward Tyler Storm (Geneseo, Ill./Geneseo) to play for the Huskies in 2008.

Time Change: Tip-off for Northern Illinois' contest against Akron on February 12 has been changed from 6 p.m. (CST) to 7 p.m. (CST) as the game is now a part of the Mid-American Conference television schedule.

My Name Is: Freshman guard Darion Anderson also uses the nickname "Jake".

Up Next: The Huskies head to Mount Pleasant, Michigan and will face Central Michigan for a 5:30 p.m. (CST) tip-off on Saturday (Jan. 19).



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