Huskies Set to Host NIU Invitational



Nov. 14, 2013

2013 NIU Invitational Game Schedule

Date Time Game Live Stats Live Video Live Audio
Friday, Nov. 15 5:30 p.m. CT Milwaukee 64, San Jose State 61 Live Stats Live Video N/A
Friday, Nov. 15 8 p.m. CT James Madison 60, NIU 55 Live Stats Live Video Live Audio
WLBK 1360-AM/98.9-FM
WRMN 1410-AM
Saturday, Nov. 16 5:30 p.m. CT Milwaukee 77, James Madison 66 Live Stats Live Video N/A
Saturday, Nov. 16 8 p.m. CT NIU 60, San Jose State 59 Live Stats Live Video Live Audio
WLBK 1360-AM/98.9-FM
WRMN 1410-AM
Sunday, Nov. 17 1 p.m. CT James Madison 79, San Jose State 66 Live Stats Live Video N/A
Sunday, Nov. 17 3:30 p.m. CT Milwaukee 82, NIU 69 Live Stats Live Video Live Audio
WLBK 1360-AM/98.9-FM

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• NIU is hosting its first tournament since the 1949-50 season and playing its first in-season tournament since 2008-09.
• Six players made their NIU debut in the season opener against Nebraska Omaha, including starts for Dontel Highsmith and Pete Rakocevic.
Darrell Bowie (16 points) and Daveon Balls (13 points) each scored career highs in the season opener against Nebraska Omaha.
• Huskie guard Daveon Balls has two career double figure scoring games, both coming against Nebraska Omaha.
• Going back to last season, the Huskies have lost their last three games by a combined six points.

• NIU is hosting a tournament for the first time since 1949-50 when it hosted the Northern Illinois Holiday Tournament, Jan. 2-3, 1950.
• In that 1950 event, the Huskies fell to Dubuque, 45-43, in the opening round before defeating UW Eau Claire, 67-62, in the third-place game.
• NIU is playing its first in-season tournament of any kid since the 2008-09 season. That year the Huskies appeared in a pair of events, playing in the 100 Club Classic in Kennesaw, Ga., and the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska.  

• The Dukes of James Madison come to DeKalb with a 0-1 record after falling at No. 24 Virginia, 61-41, last Friday (Nov. 8) in their season opener.
• Tom Vodanovich scored a team-high 11 points for the Dukes against the Cavaliers.
• Last season, James Madison finished with a 21-15 record, 11-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes beat Northeastern to win the CAA Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
• In the NCAAs, the Dukes defeated LIU Brooklyn, 68-55, in the First Four in Dayton before falling to top-seeded Indiana, 83-62, in the Second Round.
• James Madison returns two starters and five letterwinners from last season.
• Matt Brady is in his sixth season as head coach at James Madison

• Friday’s contest will be the first all-time meeting between the Huskies and Dukes.
• NIU did compete in a tournament at James Madison during the 1983-84 season, but the Huskies met Fairleigh Dickinson and Campbell, and did not meet the host Dukes.

• The Spartans lost their season opener, 89-77, on Tuesday night (Nov. 12) at Santa Clara. Jaleel Williams scored 20 points to lead San Jose State in the defeat.
• San Jose State returns two starters and four letterwinners from last season when the Spartans went 9-20, 3-14 in Western Athletic Conference play.
• Doug Wojcik is in his first season as head coach at San Jose State. Wojcik comes to San Jose State following three seasons as associate head coach at Boise State.
• San Jose State begins its first season in the Mountain West this year, joining the league from the WAC.

• The Huskies and Spartans have met twice previously, with each school winning one meeting.
• Both of the previous meetings between NIU and San Jose State have come at neutral sites during in-season tournaments.
• The first meeting between the two schools came in 2003, a 53-41 San Jose State victory in the BYU-Hawaii Surf N’Slam Invitational in Laie, Hawaii. The second meeting was an 80-78 NIU win in 2005 at the Holiday Stores GranTree Inn Classic in Bozeman, Mont.

• A tip-in from James Hughes with 0.5 seconds remaining gave NIU an 80-78 victory over San Jose State at Montana State’s Holiday Stores GranTree Classic.
Cory Sims scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Huskies.
• Hughes scored 14 points and Mike McKinney added 12 points.
• The victory advanced North Dakota State to the tournament’s championship game, where they fell to North Dakota State, 57-56.

• The Panthers are 1-1 this season, falling in their season-opener at Loyola-Chicago, 76-72, before defeating Davidson, 81-77.
• Matt Tiby leads three Panthers scoring in double figures at 21.0 points per contest. Kyle Kelm (11.5 ppg) and Austin Arians (11.0 ppg) are also scoring in double figures for Milwaukee.
• The Panthers went 8-24 last season, 3-13 in the Horizon League; Milwaukee returns two starters and eight letterwinners from a season ago.
• Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter is in his ninth season as head coach at Milwaukee.

• NIU leads the all-time series against Milwaukee, 17-11.
• The Panthers have won each of the last three meetings, including meetings in each of the past two seasons.
• Prior to the last three meetings, NIU had won seven consecutive contests against the Panthers.
• NIU holds a 10-3 advantage against the Panthers in meetings played in DeKalb.  

• NIU rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to force overtime before falling to Milwaukee, 80-73, at Milwaukee on Dec. 7, 2012.
• The Huskies erased a nine-point halftime lead for the Panthers by holding them to just 28.6 percent shooting and six field goals in the second half.
• The Panthers went 29-of-40 from the free-throw line while the Huskies went just 10-of-16 from the charity stripe in the contest.



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