Northern Illinois scores 4 points in half
by Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Northern Illinois made history once again.
This time it had nothing to do with playing in a bowl game that seemed unfitting.
The NIU men’s basketball team broke an NCAA Division I record on Saturday when it scored a mere four points in the first half against Eastern Michigan.
Northern Illinois trailed 18-4 at halftime after shooting 1-for-31, which included 29 consecutive misses.
That wasn’t even the worst statistic of the game. The Huskies’ 3.2% field goal shooting in the first half also set a record, breaking Savannah State’s 4.3% shooting against Kansas State in 2008. The one field goal also tied a D-I record set by Savannah State in the 2008 game.
Northern Illinois found some kind of a rhythm late in the game. The Huskies only had 13 points with 3:56 remaining but only ended up losing 42-25. This helped the team escape the most daunting record of all: fewest points scored in a game (20), which was set by Saint Louis in 2008.
The bad records kept piling in for the Huskies. The team’s finishing 13% shooting (eight of 61 from the floor) from the field broke another NCAA record.
Amazingly, Northern Illinois broke its own record for fewest points in the first half during the shot clock era; it scored five against Dayton in a Dec. 1 game.
NIU’s Daveon Balls scored seven of the team’s 25 points.