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Men's Basketball

NIU men's basketball sets NCAA records in in 42-25 loss to EMU


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Northern Illinois' men's basketball team set four NCAA records for scoring futility in the Huskies' 42-25 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

NIU (4-14, 2-4 Mid-American Conference West) scored just four points in the first half, trailing EMU, 18-4, at the half and setting the NCAA record for fewest points scored in a half in the shot-clock era. The Huskies scored five points in the first half against Dayton earlier in the season.

NIU's 25 points barely eclipsed the NCAA record for least points scored in a game during the shot-clock era. St. Louis University scored just 20 points in a game in 2008. 

The Huskies also set an NCAA record for the lowest field-goal percentage in a game. NIU shot 8-for-61 (13.1 percent). The previous low for field-goal percentage in a game was set by Miami (Ohio) back in 2001 at 13.3 percent. 

NIU shot 1-for-31 form the field in the first half, setting an NCAA record for the worst field goal percentage in a half. They broke the previous record set by Savannah State at 4.3 percent against Kansas State in 2008. 

The one made field goal also tied an NCAA record for fewest field goals made in a half, also set by Savannah State. 

The 67 combined points between EMU and NIU narrowly bested the NCAA record for least combined points in a game (62), which was set by Monmouth and Princeton in 2005.

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