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Falcons look for second straight win

Steven W. Echard

Jordon Crawford fights off an Eastern Michigan defender in a game earlier this season. Crawford came off the bench this past weekend against Ball State to lead the Falcons in scoring.

On Wednesday, the men’s basketball team will be playing Northern Illinois, a team that set three NCAA records earlier in Mid-American Conference play.

However, the records are not necessarily ones to be proud of.

The Huskies set the following records against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 26: the least amount of points scored in a half (four), lowest field goal percentage in a half (3.2 percent) and lowest field goal percentage in a game (13.1 percent).

The Falcons will look to capitalize defensively against a weak NIU offense, just as they did against Ball State this past Sunday.

BG recorded 13 steals against Ball State, but saw only two blocked shots, both coming from junior Cameron Black. Sophomore Richaun Holmes still sits with 53 blocked shots on the season, just six shy of the school record. Holmes has outblocked the entire Northern Illinois team by 16 this season.

The Falcons are still looking for its first road win this season. BG has not lost to Northern Illinois since the 2006-07 season, and has never lost to the Huskies under Head Coach Louis Orr.

Since the 2009-10 season, Northern Illinois is 29-82 and 17-39 in conference games.

This season, three of its five wins have come against MAC teams. The Huskies defeated Miami 72-61 on Jan. 9, Central Michigan 74-61 on Jan. 23 and Kent State 67-65 on Jan. 30, the latter being its only home conference win.

Their two out-of-conference wins came at home against NAIA opponent Judson University, 72-54 on Nov. 18 and SIU-Edwardsville, 65-54 on Dec. 5.

The BracketBuster game scheduled for Feb. 23 was also announced Monday. BG was paired with the Summit League’s Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The Falcons are 0-1 against Summit League opponents this season after losing to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the Pre-Season NIT Opening Round in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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