MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – In a two-minute span early in the second half, Central Michigan’s lead shrunk from nine points to one.
Then, CMU coach Keno Davis was hit with a technical foul, his first in more than two seasons. Northern Illinois made the free throws awarded it on the technical, completing a 10-0 run that gave the Huskies a 43-42 lead.
That lead, NIU’s one and only of the game, lasted all of 22 seconds.
John Simons made two free throws to put CMU back on top, 44-43, and the Chippewas never trailed again as they went on to post a 76-64 Mid-American Conference men’s basketball victory over Northern Illinois at McGuirk Arena, improving to 15-13 overall, 8-7 MAC.
The Chippewas, now one game out of first place in the MAC West, play at Toledo on Saturday (7 p.m. ET) and are at Ball State next Tuesday. Northern Illinois will host Western Michigan (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET).
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