Central Michigan vs Northern Illinois

N. Illinois 74, Cent. Michigan 66


DeKALB, Ill. (AP) - Abdel Nader scored 22 points and Aksel Bolin added 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Northern Illinois to a 74-66 victory against Central Michigan on Saturday.

Stian Berg had 12 points for the Huskies (2-13, 1-2 Mid-American), who shot 55 percent (22 of 40) from the floor, including 12 of 19 on 3-point attempts. Nader made five shots from behind the arc.

Trey Ziegler had 18 points and Derek Jackson 16 for the Chippewas (7-9, 2-1), who were denied their first 3-0 league start since 1992.

A scoreless stretch of 5:07 late in the first half doomed Central Michigan. Northern Illinois took advantage with a 15-0 run highlighted by two 3-pointers by Berg en route to a 41-27 lead at the break.

The Huskies enjoyed a 39-22 rebounding advantage.

Northern Illinois' previous win this season was a Jan. 2 victory over Roosevelt University, a NAIA school that classified the game as an exhibition.

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Central Michigan Chippewas
O. Mbaigoto, F203-63-330311
J. Harden, F100-10-01000
T. Zeigler, G357-152-252418
D. Jackson, G333-88-942416
A. McBroom, G295-122-204115
A. Coimbra240-20-14040
F. Craddock160-31-21021
A. Keel111-50-00033
J. Morris110-00-00000
A. Barnes61-10-00002
Z. Saylor50-10-00020
Totals 20-5416-192282366
Northern Illinois Huskies
K. Gray, F280-10-04110
T. Toler, F243-71-25048
A. Bolin, G312-59-1382113
S. Berg, G264-40-022212
A. Nader, G268-111-452522
K. Gray211-23-41025
M. Ford183-31-10138
T. Nixon130-32-23122
A. Christian121-41-23224
T. Storm10-00-00000
Totals 22-4018-2839112274
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