Toledo vs Northern Illinois

N. Illinois 65, Toledo 61


DeKALB, Ill. (AP) - Abdel Nader scored 12 points and Northern Illinois reeled off the final eight points to edge Toledo 65-61 on Wednesday night.

Aksel Bolin added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds as the Huskies (4-24, 3-12 Mid-American) snapped a five-game slide.

Dominique Buckley scored 16 points, Julius Brown 12 and Curtis Dennis 11 for the Rockets (15-15, 6-9), whose four-game winning streak ended.

Despite the defeat, Toledo secured a first-round home game in the conference tournament because of a loss by Miami (Ohio).

After the Rockets went ahead 61-57, they went scoreless for the last 4:27. Northern Illinois got a jumper from Tony Nixon and a three-point play and a basket from Keith Gray to make it 64-61.

Toledo had a chance to tie, but Rian Pearson turned it over with 5 seconds left, and the Huskies' Marquavese Ford hit a free throw for the final margin.

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Toledo Rockets
M. Smith, F272-24-42048
R. Wonnell, C170-00-02030
D. Buckley, G395-114-432116
J. Brown, G374-153-422112
R. Pearson, G323-72-25238
C. Dennis234-71-210411
R. Holliday231-14-45306
D. Dear20-00-00000
Totals 19-4318-202591661
Northern Illinois Huskies
A. Bolin, F314-61-184310
T. Storm, F183-70-03128
K. Gray, F171-20-01122
A. Nader, G274-114-430212
M. Ford, G210-11-23321
T. Nixon262-75-55139
K. Gray232-54-53118
S. Berg203-50-02109
A. Christian132-71-23046
Z. Miller30-00-00000
D. Grady10-00-00000
Totals 21-5116-1931121965
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C. Michigan0-08-157
E. Michigan0-07-2232
Ball St.0-06-475
N. Illinois0-06-4204
W. Michigan0-06-4169
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