Justin Thomas: 'Everyday I come in and always stay ready. I’m always getting extra reps up and trying to stay ready. It just all came second nature tonight.'
DeKALB – After a less-than-inspiring 27-point first-half performance against Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon, Northern Illinois stormed back in the second half for a 72-66 win at the Convocation Center.
The victory marked NIU’s first win of the season when trailing at halftime – the Eagles carried a 33-27 advantage into the half, but the Huskies (9-8, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) pounced on momentum with a 24-10 run to start the second half and never gave up the lead.
Sophomore Eugene German scored 10 of his game-high 26 points during that run. German converted 9 of 16 field goals and shot 5 of 10 from 3.
NIU coach Mark Montgomery said the difference between the first and second half was NIU’s concentration against Eastern Michigan’s scrappy zone defense.