The Northern Illinois men’s basketball team trailed by 12 less than seven minutes into Saturday’s contest at Ohio and was unable to recover, falling to the Bobcats, 78-68, at the Ohio Convocation Center.
Four Huskies scored in double figures, led by 15 points from junior Dante Thorpe and sophomore Eugene German.
Junior Levi Bradley had 14 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Justin Thomas added 12 points off the bench.
“Credit Ohio, they came out and punched us in the face in the first five minutes, and they kept it going throughout the first half,” said NIU coach Mark Montgomery. “That gave them a lot of confidence. [Mike] Laster was awfully tough; we have to do a better job defending.
“I thought we were better in the second half, but when you get down double digits on the road, it is tough to come back in this league.”
Laster finished with 31 for the Bobcats (8-6, 1-1) against NIU (8-7, 1-1). Ohio raced out to a 14-2 lead to open the contest, as the Huskies were held scoreless for more than four minutes to open the game.
Sycamore rolls at LaSalle-Peru: The Spartans knocked off the Cavaliers, 54-41.
Kylie Feuerbach had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Kate Majerus had 22 points for Sycamore (16-3, 5-1).
Indian Creek topples Oregon: Nolan Govig was two assists shy of a triple-double as Indian Creek beat Oregon, 72-45.
Govig had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the win. Cooper Larsen had 14 points and six rebounds, Jake Beavers had 12 points, and Jack Milostan had 10 points.
Barbs 1-2 at quad: DeKalb’s lone win was against Rolling Meadows, 48-13.
DeKalb also lost to Glenbard North, 34-23, and host St. Charles East, 34-28.
Fabian Lopez, Cobe Schmerbach and Blah Dahnweih were each 3-0 for the Barbs.
Cogs fifth at Polo: Genoa-Kingston finished with 109 points in the 21-team field won by Oregon with 142½.
Jose Garcia (220), Sean Logan (182) and Ethan Wood (152) each took third. John Ramza was fourth at 138, Jeremy Widmayer was fifth at 285, and Tristan Mangum (170) and Jesse Torres (126) were each sixth.