NIU seniors step it up on their night (sans Xavier Silas)

NIU dominates Eastern Michigan 66-49

Huskies grab 10 seed in MAC Tournament

The last time I wrote about this team, I thought that the win @ Toledo would be their final hurrah, but I thought wrong. Now, with Xavier Silas hobbled by his ankle injury the Huskies came away with one of their top performances of the season to go out on a high note.

It truly was the best defensive effort of the season (we finally see this effort now?) Or it might have been just due to the fact that EMU has the worst offense in the conference (SHHHHH). Anyways, this game got out of hand quick.

As you can see, NIU wasn't that great on offense (but EMU shot 26.9%) and the Huskies turned the ball over 20 times. What made this game was the tough, gritty way that NIU played grabbing 44 rebounds to EMU's 25 and the fact the Huskies made 26 of 33 free throws.

Senior guard Jeremy Landers made the best of his night and scored 17 points and grabbed 6 boards. Antone Christian dropped in 13, while Tim Toler had 12 and 6 rebounds. Tony Nixon grabbed 7 balls off the shot himself.

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(via Jerry Burnes of the Northern Star)

Aside from Landers, Michael Patton and Xavier Silas were the other two seniors who were honored before the game. Congrats to all of those players who poured their heart and soul into the game for the past few years.

Further reading:

Northern Illinois Gets Win Over Eastern Michigan, 66-49 - Northern Illinois Basketball - Huskie Review

NIU men's basketball seniors honored on senior night - Northern Star Online: Sports

Senior guard leads NIU men's basketball to victory over Eastern Michigan - Northern Star Online: Sports

Huskies Top Eastern Michigan on Senior Night, 66-49 - Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site

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