DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team held Longwood to just 28.1 percent (16-of-57) shooting as the Huskies defeated the Lancers, 65-48, on Monday night (Nov. 18) at the NIU Convocation Center.
Sophomore Darius Beane (Carbondale, Ill./Southern Illinois) scored a team-high 14 points while seniors Lacey James (Grand Rapids, Mich./Rider) and Noah McCarty (Rock Falls, Ill./Sterling Newman) each posted double-doubles.
James finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds while McCarty had 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first time NIU had two players record double-doubles in the same game since November 9, 2018 against Northern Kentucky (Levi Bradley and Lacey James). Senior Eugene German (Gary, Ind./21st Century Charter) finished with 12 points.
“You have to credit our bench,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “It was a close game, we had five fresh players in (midway through the first half) and they gave us an unbelievable spurt to break the game open. If you have four or five guys in double figures and are stingy on defense and hold a team under 30 percent shooting, from twos and threes, it gives you a great chance to win.
“We outrebounded them by 17. I’m very proud of our guys because this is a one-day turnaround, we didn’t have much time to practice but we had to figure out an opponent that plays 10 players and I though our guys did an incredible job.”
The Huskie bench outscored its counterparts from Longwood, 29-13.