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NIU's Nixon joins Loyola basketball

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  • Former Northern Illinois guard Tony Nixon (25) has transferred to Loyola University to play one more season of college basketball. The 6-foot-4 guard was injured most of last season and has one year of eligibility remaining.

      Former Northern Illinois guard Tony Nixon (25) has transferred to Loyola University to play one more season of college basketball. The 6-foot-4 guard was injured most of last season and has one year of eligibility remaining.
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By Daily Herald News Services

Tony Nixon, who has spent the last four years at Northern Illinois University, has been added to the Loyola University men's basketball roster, head coach Porter Moser announced Thursday.

Nixon, a 6-foot-4 guard, will have one season of eligibility remaining and is able to compete during the 2013-14 season. The former Seton Academy (Chicago) star averaged 4.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game over three-plus seasons with the Huskies.

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"Having played the last few years at Northern Illinois, he brings a tremendous amount of experience to our program," Moser said. "Unfortunately, a number of injuries have slowed his college career, but he comes in healthy, mature, enthusiastic, and is a high extremely high character individual. We are looking for Tony to bring a lot of leadership based upon his age and experience."

Nixon's best season at Northern Illinois came during the 2011-12 campaign when he pitched in 5.5 ppg and 2.9 rpg and scored in double figures on six occasions, including a season-best 14 points versus Eastern Michigan in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. He suffered a foot injury last season and appeared in only five games off the bench.

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