Silas making impact in first NIU season

Xavier Silas was the most excited to finally become eligible for Northern Illinois after sitting out last season, but sophomore point guard Mike DiNunno wasn't far behind.

DiNunno knew exactly what Silas, a junior shooting guard who transferred from Colorado, could mean for him and the Huskies. For one, Silas would quickly add to DiNunno's assist total, and, more importantly, he would give Northern Illinois an instant advantage in the Mid-American Conference.

Both have been true.

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