Created: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:29 p.m. CDT
Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:52 p.m. CDT

NIU men's basketball: Ice cold shooting dooms Huskies in loss at Buffalo


The road magic finally ran out for the Northern Illinois men's basketball team.

The Huskies struggled offensively all night and fell, 65-45, Tuesday night at Buffalo, snapping a three-game road winning streak.

Coming into the game, the Huskies had wins at Toledo, Bowling Green and Kent State.

The Huskies (14-10 overall, 6-5 MAC West) struggled early and often against the Bulls, scoring a season-low 45 points. They finished shooting 18 for 56 (32.1 percent) from the field, 1 for 13 (7.7 percent) from 3-point range and 8 for 18 (44.4 percent) from the foul line.

"The first half we battled back early and we missed some layups and some easy shots," NIU coach Mark Montgomery said. "The second half we just had too many turnovers."

NIU senior guard Aaric Armstead scored 10 of his team-high 12 points in the second half and finished 6 for 13 from the field for his fourth straight game in double figures. Freshman Eugene German scored all 10 of his points in the first half, helping the struggling Huskies to tie the score at 25 at halftime.

"We were excited to have it tied at 25 after halftime, but we couldn't get ourselves going," Montgomery said.

The Bulls (12-12, 6-5 MAC East) have won 12 consecutive games against NIU.

CJ Massinburg scored a team-high 17 points for Buffalo, which outscored the Huskies, 15-3, in the final 6:07. NIU had cut the deficit to 50-42 after a jumper by Armstead with 6:07, but only got one field goal the rest of the way.

"We couldn't get the ball inside, and when we did get inside, we couldn't finish," Montgomery said.

Ball State lost to Akron on Tuesday, which means the Huskies are in a three-way tie for first place in the MAC West with the Cardinals and Central Michigan.

NIU will play at 6 p.m. Saturday at Western Michigan.

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