N. Illinois held to 4 points in 1st half

  • ESPN.com news services | January 27, 2013

Northern Illinois broke its own NCAA Division I record for futility Saturday by scoring just four points in the first half at Eastern Michigan.

The Huskies had 13 points with 3:21 to play but found their scoring touch late in a 42-25 loss.

Northern Illinois trailed 18-4 at the half after shooting 1 for 31, including 29 straight misses.

Earlier this season, Northern Illinois set the record for fewest points in a first half in the shot clock era with five against Dayton on Dec. 1.

The Huskies' 3.2 percent field goal percentage in the first half Saturday also set a record, breaking Savannah State's 4.3 percent against Kansas State on Jan. 7, 2008.

The lone made field goal also tied a Division I record set by Savannah State in that game.

The Huskies finished the game 8 for 61 from the field for 13.1 percent, another NCAA record.

NIU ended a 24-minute, 32-second drought without a field goal with a layup with 14:27 left to close the Eastern Michigan lead to 23-7.

After his team's 32 misses, Northern Illinois' Daveon Balls finally made a 3-pointer with 2:05 left. The Huskies finished 1 for 33 from long range.

Balls led the Huskies with seven points, all in the final 8:38.

The Huskies narrowly avoided the record for fewest points in a game -- 20, set by Saint Louis in January 2008.

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