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NIU took another small step Tuesday night, when it played host to
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The teams gathered arm-in-arm in a circle at midcourt while observing a moment of silence before the game. Then, they shook hands and stood at opposite foul lines as the NIU alma mater and the Star Spangled banner played.
Banners hanging from the arena
Northern Illinois players and coaches wore ribbons, as did many in the crowd, while
The game itself was rather sluggish, but a bouncing ball was a welcome site in an arena that just two nights earlier hosted an emotional rally. A subdued crowd perked up when the Huskies went on a 7-0 run to grab a 44-38 lead with about five minutes left in the game, but
Even so, NIU is in the early stages of a different kind of comeback.
The crime scene tape that hung outside the closed Cole Hall, site of the massacre, was gone late Tuesday afternoon, but there were plenty of reminders of the Valentine
On one set of doors hung two large ribbons -- one with a newspaper clipping showing pictures of the victims. The other had the date "02-14-08" and the word "remember," and a bouquet of flowers was jammed between two door handles.
On a small knoll on the other side of the building, roses that people left jutted out from the snow and a sign leaning against a lamp post offered these words of encouragement: "Together we will prevail ... We are NIU."
Underneath two tents in a nearby courtyard were eight large boards jammed with messages, with prayers.
Ribbons adorned six wood crosses on the lawn outside the Lutheran Campus Ministry across from campus, on one of the town
When classes resumed on Monday, counselors were in rooms offering to help students.
Although no athletes were killed or injured, a men
Some athletes, including a few who were on the court Tuesday, have class in Cole Hall. Huskies senior Shaun Logan was in that room earlier in the day for film analysis, and guard Michael Patton
On Tuesday, players and fans tried to use basketball to escape those awful memories -- for a few hours, anyway.