Late Run Not Enough for Huskies at Ohio



Feb. 5, 2011

Final Stats

Box Score in PDF Format

Ohio 80, Northern Illinois 73
Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio

1st 2nd Final
Northern Illinois
39 41 80
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Attendance: 6,879
 Player of the Game

Xavier Silas
Points: 25
FT: 10-10
Assists: 3


 Team Stats
 FG Percentage
39.7 44.6
 3-Point FG Percentage 35.7 12.5
 FT Percentage 82.4 84.0
 Offensive Rebounds
13 13
 Defensive Rebounds 25 27
 Total Rebounds 38 40
14 13
14 8
1 3
6 7
 Points in the Paint
16 38
 Points off Turnovers
9 17
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Northern Illinois men's basketball team fell 80-73 on Saturday afternoon at Ohio University. Senior guard Xavier Silas scored 25 points to lead NIU and redshirt freshman guard Antone Christian added a career-best 17 points. After trailing by as much as 15, the Huskies pulled to within five, but saw their late run come up short.

Junior forward Tim Toler scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first career double-double while freshman forward Nate Rucker played just six minutes before leaving the game due to injury.

"It was a tough game, we were limited in the post with foul trouble and the injury to Nate (Rucker)," said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. "But I thought our guys did a nice job considering that we didn't have many options in the post. We just were extremely limited with our size, not that Nate would have been a great defensive stopper but he would have brought more of a presence and we just didn't have a replacement."

Ohio outscored Northern Illinois 38-16 in the contest in the paint.

Rucker opened the scoring with a basket for NIU (7-14, 3-6 MAC) before Ohio scored seven-straight to take a five-point lead with 16:29 to play. Christian ended the Bobcats run with a triple to bring the Huskies back within two.

Still leading by a pair, 12-10, Ohio (11-12, 4-5 MAC) used a 7-0 burst to push its lead to nine, 19-10, with just under eight minutes to play before the intermission.

Christian ignited a 6-0 run for NIU with a pair of free throws and a layup, Silas capped the run with a 15-foot jumper to bring the Huskies within two, 23-21. But Ohio responded immediately with the next eight to take a 31-21 advantage with 3:58 left before the half.

The Ohio lead grew to as much as 12 before junior guard DeMarcus Grady hit a triple to cut the Bobcats lead to nine, 39-30, at the half. Grady finished with a career-best nine points.

Ivo Baltic led all scorers for Ohio with 21 points in the first half on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. Christian had 10 to lead NIU at the intermission. Ohio shot 46.9 percent (15-of-32) in the first half while holding Northern Illinois to 35.5 percent (11-of-31); the Bobcats outscored the Huskies 20-6 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes.

The Bobcats and Huskies traded baskets in the first nine minutes of the second half, with the Ohio leading never reaching less than seven or more than 11.

Following a basket by Christian that trimmed the Bobcats lead to seven, Ohio went on an 11-3 run to take a 15-point lead, 67-52, with 7:50 remaining.

NIU answered with a 13-3 run of its own to pull within five, 70-65. Toler started the spurt for the Huskies with a triple; Silas then went 7-of-7 from the charity stripe and knocked down a trifecta of his own to bring NIU within striking distance with 4:16 left to play.

But Ohio scored six of the next seven points to push its lead back to 10, 76-66, and put the game out of reach.

Baltic finished with a game-high 31 points. DeVaughn Washington added 16 points and D.J. Copper finished with 13 points for the Bobcats.

NIU will return to the State of Ohio on Wednesday, Feb. 9 when the Huskies travel to Oxford to meet Miami (Ohio). Game time against the RedHawks is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.



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