NIU Topples Utah Valley 86-76 for Second Straight Home Win

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Dec. 31, 2010

 

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Northern Illinois 86, Utah Valley 76
  Convocation Center| DeKalb, Ill.

1st 2nd Final
 Utah Valley
36 40 76
 Northern Illinois
30 56 86
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Attendance: 853
 Player of the Game

Jeremy Landers
Points: 17
FG: 8-12 (.667)
Rebounds: 5

 

 Team Stats
NIU OPP
 FG Percentage
53.4 44.0
 3-Point FG Percentage 25.0 33.3
 FT Percentage 79.2 80.6
 Offensive Rebounds
8 15
 Defensive Rebounds 18 21
 Total Rebounds 26 36
 Assists
12 7
 Turnovers
10 18
 Blocks
4 0
 Steals
9 4
 Points in the Paint
42 18
 Points off Turnovers
18 10
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DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois men's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with an 86-76 victory over Utah Valley on Friday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center.  The Huskies shot 69.2 percent in the second half to overcome a six-point halftime deficit.

Senior guard Xavier Silas scored a game-high 26 points, senior guard Jeremy Landers added a career-best 17 points, junior guard Bryan Hall also recorded a career-high 13 points and sophomore guard Tony Nixon chipped in 10 points. The contest marked the first time this season that NIU had four players reached double figures.

"It was a great way to start the New Year," said NIU head coach Ricardo Patton. "It was a great effort from our team; I thought our guys played extremely hard and they were ready to play today."

NIU forced 18 Utah Valley turnovers in the contest while committing a season-low 10 turnovers.

"Our defense allowed us to get some easy baskets and not rely solely on our half-court offense," said Patton. "Our guys played hard defensively and we made some shots today. I thought we were a little more patient than we have been on the offensive side of the ball."

Utah Valley held an early 9-4 advantage before NIU used a 7-3 burst to pull within one, 12-11, with 13:10 to play in the opening half. Landers started the burst for the Huskies with a layup off a feed from junior forward Lee Fisher. Nixon added a jumper and Silas capped the spurt with a triple.

The Wolverines answered with five-straight to push their lead back to a half-dozen.

After Utah Valley increased its advantage to eight, Northern Illinois used a 10-0 to take its first lead of the contest.

Silas started the run with a triple before back-to-back baskets from Hall pulled NIU within one. Freshman guard Aksel Bolin then gave the Huskies a lead with a fast break layup and Silas added a free throw to cap the run with the Huskies holding a 26-24 lead 5:39 before the intermission.

Utah Valley used an 8-0 run headed into the break to lead 36-30. The Wolverines made just two field goals in the final 10 minutes of the half, but went 14-of-17 from the free-throw line to claim the six-point halftime advantage.

Holton Hunsaker led all scorers with 13 points in opening stanza for Utah Valley. Landers led NIU with eight points before the break.

Northern Illinois forced 10 Utah Valley turnovers in the first half but the Wolverines shot 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the field.

The Huskies and Wolverines exchanged the first 12 points of the second half before NIU scored five-straight to pull within one, 40-39.

Utah Valley pushed its advantage back to five before Silas hit a pull-up jumper and Nixon buried a three from the corner to knot the score, 46-46, with 12:35 left in the half.

The Wolverines responded with a basket to regain the lead, but Hall scored and was fouled, tying the contest again. Hall missed the free throw but NIU grabbed an offensive rebound and Silas hit a trifecta to give the Huskies their first lead of the half, 51-48.

Utah Valley came right back with a 10-2 run to take a 58-53 lead with 10:26 to play, forcing a Northern Illinois timeout.

Six-straight from NIU gave the Huskies a 62-61 edge with just under eight minutes to play. The Huskie run continued to 10-0 on back-to-back baskets by Landers and Hall, giving NIU a five-point advantage.

Utah Valley again answered, scoring the next five to even the game again, 66-66, with 5:52 remaining.

Silas scored the next six points of the game, all from the free-throw line, as NIU went ahead, 72-66.

The Wolverines trimmed the lead to four on four occasions, but each time the Huskies had an answer. With NIU still ahead by six and less than a minute to play, Bolin came up with a block and Silas made a pair of free throws to push the lead to eight, 82-74.

Northern Illinois went six-of-six from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the victory.

Hunsaker led Utah Valley with 20 points, Ben Aird recorded a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Shawn Deadwiler scored 11 points for the Wolverines and Isiah Williams chipped in 10 points.

NIU will return to the road to open the 2011 calendar year as it travels to Iowa State on Monday, Jan. 3. Game time against the Cyclones is scheduled for 7 p.m.