Thorpe on career best 21 points: 'It felt like it was just me and the ball … No one could guard me.'
DeKALB – For Dante Thorpe, his transition from junior college to Division I basketball with Northern Illinois has been pretty seamless.
He proved that again Thursday night, scoring a career-high 21 points to help the Huskies defeat Illinois-Chicago, 69-63, at NIU’s Convocation Center.
Thorpe, a junior from Washington, D.C., sank 7 of 11 attempts from the field, dished out three assists and hauled in a career-best seven rebounds. His production was much-needed for the Huskies (7-5) with fellow guard and NIU’s leading scorer Eugene German failing to score in the first half.
“It felt like it was just me and the ball. … No one could guard me,” said Thorpe, a transfer from Triton College. “When Eugene couldn’t get it going, our guys had to step up. I feel like me and Levi [Bradley] took that role and stepped up.”