Twitter Explodes as Northern Illinois Scores NCAA Record-Low 4 1st-Half Points

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Twitter Explodes as Northern Illinois Scores NCAA Record-Low 4 1st-Half Points
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Even after an offensive explosion in the second half, the Northern Illinois Huskies fell to Eastern Michigan 42-25 on Saturday afternoon in Ypsilanti, Mich.

The Huskies scored over 400 percent more points in the second half than they did in the first. 

ESPN Stats & Info shared this tidbit about the Huskies' unprecedented first-half futility:

And, to think, people said the Huskies' record of five first-half points couldn't be broken.

The Huskies chucked the ball up, sideways and every direction that was not on target, with 31 shot attempts in the first half. They made only one basket; the second shot of the game. 

While NIU wildly improved in the second, the team was still terrible. In fact, were it not for a clutch late three, this game would be even more infamous for the Huskies.

ESPN tweeted why:  

But while the Huskies missed out on the glory of holding the fewest total points for a game in the shot-clock era, they still have their names firmly in the record books with this stat, as ESPN highlights

The Huskies' shooting woes for this game were a touch excessive, but not wholly unfamiliar. They have struggled from the field all year.

However, WagerMinds provided this nugget on how above and beyond the team's futility went in this game: 

This terrible performance was so impressive, that this hash tag, appropriately used by NotBillWalton, was trending on Twitter:

With this loss, the Huskies fell to 4-14 on the season, and the future looks mighty bleak for this team. In fact, it is hard not to agree with this tweet by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock

Seriously, I think if my game plan was to bring the ball up to half court and chuck it at the hoop, I could coach the Huskies to more than four first-half points. 

At least NIU still has football, where the gridiron team has a potent offense. 

Deadspin's Timothy Burke tweeted: 

There is also this, which ESPN pointed out

Unfortunately for Huskies fans, football season is a long way away. If the basketball team can't provide points, at least it's entertaining.

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