Scores

Final

N Illinois 44

(5-25, 3-13 MAC)

E Michigan 45

(15-17, 7-9 MAC)

7:00 PM ET, March 11, 2013

Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan

1 2 T
NIU 21 2344
EMU 28 1745

Top Performers

Northern Illinois: A. Bolin 9 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Eastern Michigan: D. Riley 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

E. Michigan 45, N. Illinois 44

Associated Press

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
EMU
Points 44 45
FG Made-Attempted 14-45 (.311) 17-38 (.447)
3P Made-Attempted 9-28 (.321) 4-11 (.364)
FT Made-Attempted 7-18 (.389) 7-13 (.538)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 11

2012-13 Season

DATEGAMELINKS
Jan 26, 2013 @EMU 42, NIU 25Recap
Feb 27, 2013 EMU 53, @NIU 41Recap
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