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01/14/2012 8:13 PM EST
Northern Illinois defeats Central Michigan 74-66
NORTHN ILLINOIS 74, CENTRL MICHIGAN 66
DeKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Abdel Nader scored 22 points and Aksel Bolin
added 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Northern Illinois to
a 74-66 victory against Central Michigan on Saturday.
Stian Berg had 12 points for the Huskies (2-13, 1-2
Mid-American), who shot 55 percent (22 of 40) from the floor,
including 12 of 19 on 3-point attempts. Nader made five shots
from behind the arc.
Trey Ziegler had 18 points and Derek Jackson 16 for the
Chippewas (7-9, 2-1), who were denied their first 3-0 league
start since 1992.
A scoreless stretch of 5:07 late in the first half doomed
Central Michigan. Northern Illinois took advantage with a 15-0
run highlighted by two 3-pointers by Berg en route to a 41-27
lead at the break.
The Huskies enjoyed a 39-22 rebounding advantage.
Northern Illinois' previous win this season was a Jan. 2 victory
over Roosevelt University, a NAIA school that classified the
game as an exhibition.
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