Northern Illinois takes care of Bowling Green for their 18th win of the season, most since the 1995-1996 season. It was another Tuesday night at the Convocation Center in DeKalb, Illinois and it was a Huskie victory 71-60.
The Huskies used a balanced effort to defeat the Falcons. The Huskies moved to 7-6 in the MAC with the victory and are poised to continue the chase for the MAC West title.
Marin Maric paced the Huskies once again with another double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) and three blocks on the defensive end. Aaric Armstead chipped in another nice game after his performance on Sunday with 14 points and six rebounds. The two picked up the scoring while Travon Baker turned into more of a facilitator on the floor with five assists as he could only muster six points. The Huskies never trailed and led by six at halftime it was a comfortable win for once after a hard fought win last Saturday and a five game MAC losing streak before.
The Falcons fell to 13-13 on the season and 4-9 in the MAC. Spencer Parker contributed another double digit point effort at 14 points but also had six rebounds and four assists. Antwon Lillard and Wes Alcegaire contributed 27 points for the Falcons unfortunately they only scored 19 points left with their remaining players. Bowling Green is still on a six game losing streak as they travel to Buffalo on Saturday.
Marshawn Wilson has, impressively, put up 58 points in his last five games. He's played starter's minutes as Michael Orris has been moved to a bench role. The Huskies have really responded after losing a heartbreaker at Kent State last week. As six games remain each game continues to have immense meaning in terms of seeding for the MAC tournament in March.
Northern Illinois is now tied with Toledo and Central Michigan at 7-6 and they hold the tie breaker over each while trailing the Ball State Cardinals at 8-5. This victory sets up a Friday night matchup on National Television on CBS Sports Network at 5:30 pm. The Huskies have taken care of business at home moving to 15-1 but will have a big test on Friday night at Ball State.