Northern Illinois vs Eastern Michigan

N. Illinois 55, E. Michigan 52

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Tony Nixon scored 14 points to help Northern Illinois upset Eastern Michigan 55-52 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament Monday night.

Aksel Bolin added 13 points and Marquavese Ford had seven assists for the 12th-seeded Huskies (5-25), who will face No. 8 Western Michigan in the second round Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Darrell Lampley and Jamell Harris scored 13 points apiece for the fifth-seeded Eagles (14-18), who won the MAC West title but shot only 34 percent. Darrell Thompson scored 12, all on 3-pointers.

It took Eastern Michigan 18:34 to crack double figures, trailing 15-10 with 1:26 left in the first half. But the Eagles used a 12-1 spurt to edge ahead 31-29 with 11:39 to go.

The Huskies replied with a basket by Kevin Gray and a 3-pointer by Christian Antone and never trailed again, though the Eagles drew within one point twice.

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Northern Illinois (5-25) «183755
Eastern Michigan (14-18)114152

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Northern Illinois Huskies
K. Gray, F201-10-03042
A. Nader, F181-40-15132
A. Bolin, G344-72-252113
T. Nixon, G325-83-652014
M. Ford, G283-70-02736
S. Berg212-52-21428
A. Christian201-40-01013
T. Storm182-20-01026
K. Gray90-11-21011
Totals 19-398-1327161755
 48.7%61.5% 
Eastern Michigan Eagles
A. Green, F391-62-25154
J. Harris, F385-73-580213
K. Janton, C50-01-21001
D. Lampley, G373-126-826113
D. Thompson, G324-110-033212
J. Sims212-52-32027
Q. Dailey120-20-01200
M. Balkema111-30-03102
A. Harper50-10-01010
Totals 16-4714-2028131352
 34%70% 
Mid-American
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Buffalo12-623-1028
Kent St.12-623-1294
Bowling Green12-721-12109
Akron10-921-14115
Miami (Ohio)8-1113-19230
Ohio5-1410-20231
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
C. Michigan12-623-970
Toledo11-720-1379
W. Michigan11-819-14120
E. Michigan9-1021-14140
N. Illinois8-1114-16186
Ball St.2-177-23284
 
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