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NIU men’s and women’s basketball suffer losses in first game of season

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DEKALB (WREX) — The NIU women's basketball team lost by 24 in a Wednesday matinee to the IUPUI Jaguars. Sophomore Chelby Koker scored a career high 21 points in the Huskies loss. Erinn Hodges was the only other player in double figures for the Huskies as she scored 10 points. IUPUI had four players in double figures led by Macee Williams who put up 20 on the Lady Huskies.

Five hours later the men's team tipped off their season at home as well, and things got off to a great start as the Huskies were up by 20 at the half. That lead quickly vanished as the UIC Flames came back in a hurry outscoring the Huskies by 24 in the second half, edging NIU 65-61. Tyler Cochran and Darius Beane both had 13 points leading the Huskies, while Trendon Hankerson had 10 points.

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Sam Knox

Sam joined the WREX news team in the Spring of 2020.

He graduated from Emerson College in May of 2020, just two days before moving to Rockford to take the job at WREX as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Communication.

Sam is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and has been an avid sports fan his whole life. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and he went on to play collegiate baseball at Emerson.

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