Northern Illinois vs Eastern Michigan

E. Michigan 45, N. Illinois 44


YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Jalen Ross' 3-pointer with 32 seconds left gave Eastern Michigan a 45-44 victory over Northern Illinois in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference tournament Monday night.

Da'Shonte Riley had 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots for the seventh-seeded Eagles (15-17), who next play Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday in Cleveland. Glenn Bryant had 10 points and eight rebounds for Eastern Michigan.

Northern Illinois (5-25) trailed 42-35 after Ross scored for the Eagles with 5 minutes to go. J.J. Cravatta hit a 3-pointer for the Huskies, Aksel Bolin's three-point play got them within a point and Travon Baker's 3-pointer put NIU ahead 44-42 with 2:08 left. Ross got the rebound off a missed 3 try and made his shot for the Eagles, and the Huskies had three tries at the end but couldn't score.

Cravatta and Bolin led Northern Illinois with nine points apiece.

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Northern Illinois Huskies
A. Bolin, F353-81-36339
K. Gray, F290-25-96435
D. Bowie, F190-20-43000
T. Baker, G222-60-01226
M. Davis, G130-31-22021
A. Christian223-110-01118
J. Cravatta213-60-01219
D. Balls180-10-03110
S. Mader162-40-02024
K. Gray51-20-00022
Totals 14-457-1828131744
Eastern Michigan Eagles
G. Bryant, F334-102-381210
D. Harrison, F261-30-01232
D. Riley, C365-53-7110313
J. Sims, G302-52-22037
D. Thompson, G283-60-00118
J. Ross282-50-14125
J. Harris120-30-03030
A. Harper40-10-00100
M. Balkema30-00-00000
Totals 17-387-133361745
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Bowling Green12-721-12109
Miami (Ohio)8-1113-19230
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C. Michigan12-623-970
W. Michigan11-819-14120
E. Michigan9-1021-14140
N. Illinois8-1114-16186
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