Jan. 27, 2007
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DeKalb, Ill. - Kent State senior guard Omni Smith tallied 12 of his team-high 17 points during a 27-6 run for the Golden Flashes that keyed KSU to the 68-49 Mid-American Conference road victory over Northern Illinois at the NIU Convocation Center on Saturday afternoon.
Smith led four players in double-figures, including 12 points from sophomore forward Julian Sullinger (7 rebounds), 11 points from junior forward Mike Scott and 10 points from freshman guard Rodriquez Sherman.
With the victory, Kent State improves to 12-8 on the season and 5-2 in MAC play, while the Huskies fall to 4-15 on the campaign and 1-6 in conference action.
Kent State used a solid defensive effort against the Huskies, as the Golden Flashes forced 23 turnovers and had 13 steals, while holding NIU to 25.0% (6-for-24) shooting in the second half. The Huskies finished the game with a season-low shooting percentage of 34.7% (17-for-49).
"We had a rash of turnovers to start the second half and on top of that, it was not a very good shooting performance," NIU head coach Rob Judson said. "Now Kent has a lot to do with that, but we've got to have improved ball-handling."
NIU senior guard Mike McKinney (Evanston, Ill.) topped the Huskies with 19 points and seven rebounds on the afternoon.
NIU is back in action on Tuesday, January 30, as the Huskies travel to Oxford, Ohio to battle Miami (OH) for a 6:30 p.m. (CST) tip-off.