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Northern Illinois Huskies (13-19)


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@ BallSt 
L 68-77
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@ EastMi 
L 53-82
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vs. Toledo 
L 67-97
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vs. BallSt 
W 66-65
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@ KentSt 
L 59-61
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Zabo, Avery help Kent St. beat N. Illinois in MAC tourney

KENT, Ohio (AP) Kevin Zabo had 19 points, including a layup as time expired, and Jalen Avery scored eight of his 13 points in the final seven-plus minutes to help Kent State slip past Northern Illinois 61-59 on Monday night in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Adonis De La Rosa scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Danny Pippen had eight points, eight rebounds and six blocks for Kent State. The fifth-seeded Golden Flashes (16-16) will play No. 4 seed Ball State in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Kent State led by as many as 10 points in the first half and Jaylin Walker's 3-pointer made it 38-29 early in the second. Northern Illinois (13-19) used 19-4 run, including seven points by Levi Bradley, to take a six-point lead with nine minutes left. Dante Thorpe's free throw gave the Huskies a 56-52 lead with 2:27 to play, but Avery hit a 3 and then made two free throws and, after Bradley made a jumper at the other end, Zabo's layup put Kent State up by one with a minute left. Eugene German hit a free throw to tie it with seven seconds remaining before Zabo took the inbound pass coast-to-coast for the winner.

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Leaders
Points: E. German20.6
Rebounds: L. Bradley5.5
Assists: J. Thomas1.9
FG%: E. German47.1%
FT%: L. Bradley82.9%
3P%: E. German33.9%
Steals: J. Thomas1.3
Blocks: A. Zelis0.4
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Virginia31-3
2 Villanova36-4
3 Xavier29-6
4 Kansas31-8
5 Michigan State30-5
6 Cincinnati31-5
7 Michigan33-8
8 Gonzaga32-5
9 Duke29-8
10 North Carolina26-11
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova36-4
2 Michigan33-8
3 Kansas31-8
4 Duke29-8
5 Virginia31-3
6 Texas Tech27-10
7 Loyola Chicago32-6
8 Xavier29-6
9 Purdue30-7
10 Gonzaga32-5
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Mid-American Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
East
Buffalo 15-3 27-9
Kent State 9-9 17-17
Miami (OH) 8-10 16-18
Bowling Green 7-11 16-16
Ohio 7-11 14-17
Akron 6-12 14-18
West
Toledo 13-5 23-11
Eastern Michigan 11-7 22-13
Ball State 10-8 19-13
Western Michigan 9-9 17-15
Central Michigan 7-11 21-15
Northern Illinois 6-12 13-19
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 72.5 (210)
Rebounds: 9.8 (212)
Assists: 9.3 (351)
FG%: 45.6% (130)
FT%: 72.6% (124)
3P%: 33.0% (278)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 75.2 (251)
Rebounds: 24.6 (228)
Assists: 14.7 (281)
FG%: 46.2% (287)
FT%: 69.4% (64)
3P%: 35.9% (249)
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