Massachusetts vs Northern Illinois

UMass 64, N. Illinois 59

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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Maxie Esho scored 14 points as Massachusetts held off Northern Illinois 64-59 Saturday for its fifth straight victory.

Chaz Williams added 12 points for the Minutemen (8-3), Freddie Riley had 11 and Terrell Vinson 10.

Abdel Nader led Northern Illinois (2-10) with 15 points and nine rebounds. Aksel Bolin added 11 points and Akeem Springs had 10.

Massachusetts broke open a close game by outscoring the Huskies 12-2 over the final 5:17 of the first half to take a 36-23 lead.

The lead remained in double figures for most of the second half until Northern Illinois went on a 12-4 run to pull within 55-52 with 4:03 remaining. The Huskies got within two, 61-59, when Nader hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left, but the Minutemen hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute to secure the win.

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Massachusetts Minutemen
S. Carter, F374-51-17019
T. Vinson, F232-35-881410
R. Putney, F190-30-02310
C. Williams, G262-66-823412
J. Morgan, G221-72-22335
F. Riley265-100-031211
M. Esho256-72-350114
T. Davis130-20-00200
C. Lalanne91-11-21123
Totals 21-4417-2433141864
 47.7%70.8% 
Northern Illinois Huskies
K. Gray, F304-90-07338
D. Bowie, F283-32-35328
A. Bolin, F273-104-430111
A. Nader, G234-155-590415
T. Baker, G200-50-12020
A. Springs213-93-330110
D. Balls193-60-01257
A. Christian110-40-05010
K. Gray90-10-00010
S. Mader90-20-01020
M. Davis30-00-02000
Totals 20-6414-163982259
 31.3%87.5% 
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Richmond12-621-1456
Geo. Wash.10-822-1384
St. Bona.10-818-13121
UMass10-817-1581
La Salle8-1017-16101
Saint Joes7-1113-18178
Duquesne6-1212-19223
Fordham4-1410-21238
George Mason4-149-22222
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Ohio5-1410-20231
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Toledo11-720-1379
W. Michigan11-819-14120
E. Michigan9-1021-14140
N. Illinois8-1114-16186
Ball St.2-177-23284
 
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