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NIU men's hoops falls to Buffalo in MAC opener

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

It may take a while for Northern Illinois' offense to get used to playing without freshman Dontel Highsmith.

In only their second game without the team's leading scorer, who tore his ACL against Iowa State on Dec. 31, the Huskies fell on the road to Buffalo, 67-46, in their Mid-American Conference opener.

Buffalo jumped out to a 16-0 lead to start the game as NIU (6-7, 0-1 MAC) missed its first nine shots from the field.

The Huskies countered with a 14-4 run in the last six minutes to end the half only trailing by four. However, Buffalo dominated the second half and pulled away for an easy win.

NIU was led Darrell Bowie's 13 points and nine rebounds. The Huskies shot 27 percent from the field and were only 2 of 13 from 3-point range.

NIU wasn't helped by travel issues on its way to Buffalo. The Huskies' flight out east was canceled so the team was forced to take a bus and made a stop in Cleveland on Tuesday night before arriving in Buffalo on Wednesday.

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