The Northern Illinois men's basketball team started 2-0 in MAC play, both on the road, with a 83-70 win at Miami on Tuesday.
Dante Thorpe scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists – all team bests. Eugene German added 23 and Levi Bradley 16 for the Huskies.
The Huskies (9-6, 2-0) shot 57.7 percent from the floor and 9 of 18 from 3-point range in the win.
“I’m proud of our team,” NIU head coach Mark Montgomery said. “Levi Bradley carried us a little early in the second half and we didn’t get him enough touches in the second half. Dante Thorpe played extremely well, (Eugene German) was (Eugene German) and Lacey (James) didn’t get a lot of touches, they doubled him but he still had 10 (points).
“We shot the ball extremely well, especially on the road, and there are no complaints, other than maybe taking care of the ball better, we had 14 turnovers. It is a great way to start the MAC.”
Miami (8-7, 0-2) led early but the Huskies took an eight-point lead into the break. A RedHawk 3-pointer brought it back to 43-38 just 11 seconds into the half. But Thorpe scored the next four and the lead was never less than seven again.
After Thorpe made a 3 with 2:41 left to push the lead to 74-62, the lead never got back to single digits.
Kaneland falls to Plano: The Knights lost, 46-30.
Cameron Phillips (106), Adeleke Sanni (170) and Riley Orsch (182) won by fall for the Knights.
Sycamore beats Geneseo: The Spartans won, 53-40, on the road to improve to 14-6 overall and 5-1 in conference.
DeKalb falls at Sterling: The Barbs lost, 59-16.
Leading scorer Ashley Nelson was hurt before the game and did not play for the Barbs.
IC wins in OT: Down 12 at the start of the fourth, the Timberwolves roared back for a 56-52 win a Putnam County.
IC was down 41-29 after 3 but sent the game to overtime tied at 50. Jade Milostan scored 24 and Brooke Heiman 21.
G-K loses at Stillman: Bridget Babb scored 21 but the Cogs lost, 61-31.
Kaneland wins at Rochelle: The Knights rolled, 52-42, to improve to 14-7 overall and 5-2 in confrence.
Madisen Miller scored four for the Cogs.
G-K falls at Marengo: The Cogs lost, 53-46.
Griffin Hansen sacored 16 for the Cogs.
H-BR falls to Serena: The Royals didn't allow a field goal in the second half, but lost to Serena, 31-26.
The Huskers were 4 for 4 in the final minute to secure the win.
DeKalb-Sycamore gymnastics wins at Riverside-Brookfield: Sam Keating won the all around and the Barbs finished with 131.1 points.
Keating scored a 34.6 and also won the floor and beam. Lily Lucas won on the vault.