The Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome another first-half deficit and lost, 53-41, to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday in DeKalb.
NIU trailed by eight, 30-22, after the first half, but could only muster 19 points after halftime.
Freshman guard Mike Davis came off the bench to score a team-high nine points in 20 minutes for the Huskies. Travon Baker and Darrell Bowie each had eight points for NIU.
Abdel Nader, the team’s leading scorer, was just 2 for 11 from the field, including 0 for 5 from beyond the arc.
On the night, NIU shot just 10 for 42 from the field, good for less than 24 percent shooting.
The Huskies fell to 5-21 overall and 3-10 in the Mid-American Conference West Division while Eastern Michigan improved to 13-15 overall and 6-7 in the MAC.
NIU has had its trouble against Eastern Michigan’s stingy defense this year. In the two teams’ previous meeting, NIU scored just four points in the first half and 25 for the game in a 42-25 loss back on Jan. 26.
The Huskies have three regular-season games remaining before entering the MAC Tournament. NIU hosts Central Michigan on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center. NIU defeated CMU, 74-61, on the road back on Jan. 23 for one of its three conference victories.
NIU needs one more victory to improve upon last year’s win total of five.