DEKALB, Ill. – Sophomore Jaylen Key scored a career-high 17 points as the Northern Illinois Huskies took care of Roosevelt University, 99-55, on Monday night at the NIU Convocation Center.
Key led four Huskies in double figures as freshman Eugene recorded his first career double-figure game with 14 points, sophomore Laytwan Porter added 12 points and senior Marin Maric added 10 points.
"I really liked our start to the game," said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. "I tried to challenge our team to play at our level, and not to play to the level of the competition. I think our guys responded. I thought our guys were locked in, we shared the ball; we took care of the ball. Jaylen Key got us off to an unbelievable start and it was good to see our guards make some shots."
The Huskies recorded 20 assists on 40 made field goals with five different players recording at least three assists. NIU shot 60.6 percent (40-of-66) from the field in the contest, including 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from three-point range.
NIU (2-0) held a 49-16 advantage in the paint in the contest and also outscored Roosevelt off turnovers, 25-6.