How low can a team go? Try four points in a half.
Northern Illinois managed to break its own NCAA Division I record for scoring with four points in the first half of Saturday's game with Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.
That's right. Four points.
Northern Illinois eclipsed the scoring mark for the shot-clock era it set on Dec. 1 against Dayton when it scored five points in a half.
The Huskies made only 1 of 31 shots from the field against Eastern Michigan, missing 29 straight at one point, and trailed 18-4 at halftime of the Mid-American Conference game. The 3.2 percent shooting in the half also broke the NCAA record of 4.3 percent set by Savannah State against Kansas State on Jan. 7, 2008.
And, just for good measure, one more NCAA record for futility was broken. The Huskies finished the game 8 of 61 from the field for 13.1 percent. They were 1 of 33 on 3-pointers.
Northern Illinois did rally in the second half against Eastern Michigan and lost 42-25.
On the bright side for the Huskies, they missed setting the record for fewest points in a game (20) set by Saint Louis in January 2008.
"Our guys played hard," Huskies coach Mark Montgomery said. "Unfortunately, we just couldn't make a shot."