Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/26/13
Northern Illinois may have lost to Florida State in the Orange Bowl 31-10, but at halftime on Saturday afternoon, the NIU basketball team hadn’t even put up half of what their football classmates did. Earlier this season, Northern Illinois broke the NCAA Division I record for fewest points in a first half, scoring only 5 against Dayton on Dec. 5. Saturday, they broke their own record recording only four in the first half. Taking on Eastern Michigan, the Huskies shot a shocking 1-of-31 from the field in the first 20 minutes. After Northern’s Badel Sader made a jumper one minute into the game, the Huskies would go on to miss 29 straight. NIU’s 3.2 percent field goal percentage in the first half also set a record that was previously set by Savannah State in 2008 when the Tigers shot a miserable 4.8 percent. The record-breaking doesn’t stop there though, as the Huskies finished the game with a 13.1 percent field goal percentage, capturing another historic feat. The Huskies eventually found their way to double-digits, but the barnburner ended with NIU falling 42-25.  Thumbnail via Facebook/NorthernIllinoisMen’sBasketball

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