Huskies' Comeback Falls Short in 75-70 Loss to Ball State

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Jan. 8, 2011

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Ball State 75, Northern Illinois 70
Convocation Center | DeKalb, Ill.

1st 2nd Final
 Ball State
34 41 75
Northern Illinois
23 47 70
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Attendance: 1,041
 Player of the Game

Tim Toler
Points: 22
FG: 9-14 (.642)
Assists: 3

 

 Team Stats
NIU OPP
 FG Percentage
41.9 45.0
 3-Point FG Percentage 42.1 35.7
 FT Percentage 55.6 76.2
 Offensive Rebounds
11 11
 Defensive Rebounds 24 31
 Total Rebounds 35 42
 Assists
14 13
 Turnovers
8 9
 Blocks
4 2
 Steals
2 4
 Points in the Paint
26 32
 Points off Turnovers
5 7
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DEKALB, Ill.- Junior forward Tim Toler scored a career-high 22 points but the Northern Illinois men’s basketball team dropped its Mid-American Conference opener to Ball State, 75-70, on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center.

NIU (4-9, 0-1 MAC) trailed by as much as 11 in the second half before pulling to within one with in the final minute, but Ball State (9-4, 1-0 MAC) was able to hang on for the road victory.

“Our guys battled but you can’t spot a team an 11-point lead and not expect to be in for a long day,” said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. “In most of our games this season we have played well in the second half, but we have struggled coming out to begin games.

Senior guard Xavier Silas scored 15 points, senior guard Jeremy Landers had 13 points and freshman forward Nate Rucker chipped in 10 points for the Huskies.

Ball State shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) in the second half. Northern Illinois committed a season-low eight turnovers in the contest, just one in the second half.

Northern Illinois scored the first six points out of the locker room to begin the second half, cutting the Ball State advantage to 34-29.

Still leading by five, Jauwan Scaife drained back-to-back threes for the Cardinals to increase the Ball State lead to 49-38 with 13 minutes remaining in the second half.

NIU responded with five-straight, including baskets by Silas and Toler, to cut the deficit to a half-dozen, 49-43, halfway through the second stanza.

Just before the five minute mark, Toler hit a triple from the corner to trim the Ball State lead to just five, 60-55. The Ball State lead climbed back to nine before Rucker ignited a 7-0 NIU run. Sophomore guard Tony Nixon connected on a trifecta from the corner and Silas made a pair of free throws as the Huskies pulled within a pair, 66-64, with 2:05 remaining.

After the two teams traded baskets, Ball State scored to take a four-point lead. NIU came up empty on its next possession and the Cardinals lead grew to five, 71-66, with a free-throw on the ensuing possession. Toler then buried a triple to bring Northern Illinois within a pair and a Ball State offensive foul gave NIU possession with 25 seconds to play.

Rucker made a free throw with 16 seconds left to cut the Ball State lead to just one, 71-70, but that was as close as the Huskies would get as the Cardinals made four free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Jarrod Jones led Ball State with 25 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Scaife added 17 points for the Cardinals.

Leading by one nine minutes into the contest, Ball State used a 9-2 run to push its lead to eight, 22-14, with 8:54 remaining in the first half.

Silas and Landers answered with back-to-back buckets for NIU to cut the Ball State advantage in half, but the Cardinals scored the next five to extend their lead to 27-18 with 6:39 to play in the opening half.

After Nixon connected on a triple for NIU, Ball State finished the first half on a 7-2 run to take a 34-23 lead into the intermission. Jones for Ball State led all scorers with 14 points in the opening 20 minutes; Toler led NIU with nine points before the intermission.

Ball State outscored Northern Illinois 7-0 off of turnovers and 8-0 in second chance points in the opening stanza.

Northern Illinois will travel to Eastern Michigan for its first Mid-American Conference road game of the season on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Game time in Ypsilanti, Mich., is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.