Northern Illinois vs Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan tops Northern Illinois 53-48


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CLEVELAND (AP) Karrington Ward scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Eastern Michigan defeated Northern Illinois 53-48 in a Mid-American Conference tournament quarterfinal game Wednesday.

The victory over seventh-seeded Northern Illinois sends the No. 6 seed Eagles (20-13) into a Thursday semifinal game with No. 3 seed Buffalo (19-9), winner of the MAC East.

Northern Illinois had a 35-24 advantage at the break, but the Huskies stalled after halftime, scoring just nine points in the first 14 minutes of the second period and opening the door to a 13-3 Eastern Michigan run that put the Eagles on top, 44-42, with 7:57 to play. Glenn Bryant made a tip-shot with 1:18 remaining and Ward and Daylen Harrison combined for 4 of 4 from the line in the final seconds to keep the Eagles on top.

Jordan Threloff and Aaric Armstead had nine points each for the Huskies (15-17).

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Northern Illinois (15-17)351348
Eastern Michigan (20-13) «242953

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Mid-American
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Akron13-427-958
Ohio10-720-11118
Kent St.10-722-14142
Buffalo10-717-15146
Bowling Green7-1013-19225
Miami (Ohio)4-1311-21301
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ball St.10-721-13169
W. Michigan10-716-16174
Toledo8-917-17156
E. Michigan7-1016-17175
N. Illinois7-1015-17239
C. Michigan6-1116-16216