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By the numbers: German scored 14, while Daow and Henry-Hayes each had 10. NIU had a 42-28 rebounding edge despite no Huskie grabbing more than six rebounds – German, Henry-Hayes and Daow led the team in boards. TJ Shorts had 18 points for the Aggies, and Joe Mooney added 16.
Beyond the stats: After Garrison Goode started the game with an emphatic slam for the Aggies, Henry-Hayes hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Huskies the lead.
They said it: “Rod got us going in the first half, and that was good to see,” Montgomery said. “I’m happy with Rod. As long as he doesn’t get a reach-in foul early. I challenged Rod to not get a reach-in foul. He’s progressed, he came out, he got us started. He’s being aggressive. He’s playing better defense. He just can’t reach. We need him. We need Rod Henry-Hayes and Dante Thorpe not to be in foul trouble. But he came in, is being more vocal, he’s being more responsible so that’s why his minutes have gone up.”
Up next: The Huskies head to Butler at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, while the Aggies host William Jessup at 2 p.m. Dec. 16.