Scores

Final

Massachusetts 64

(8-3, 3-0 away)

N Illinois 59

(2-10, 2-3 home)

4:00 PM ET, December 29, 2012

Convocation Center, Dekalb, Illinois

1 2 T
MASS 36 2864
NIU 23 3659

Top Performers

Massachusetts: M. Esho 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Blk

Northern Illinois: D. Bowie 8 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

UMass 64, N. Illinois 59

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
MASS
NIU
Points 64 59
FG Made-Attempted 21-45 (.467) 20-63 (.317)
3P Made-Attempted 5-17 (.294) 5-18 (.278)
FT Made-Attempted 17-24 (.708) 14-16 (.875)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
Largest Lead 17 3

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