Cent. Michigan 71, N. Illinois 64

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP)—Giordan Watson scored 20 points to lead Central Michigan past Northern Illinois 71-64 on Sunday.

Sefton Barrett hit five free throws in the final minute to seal the win for the Chippewas (12-15, 7-7 Mid-American). Barrett finished with 12 points and six rebounds.

Jordan Bitzer shot 4-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, to add 11 points for Central Michigan.

The Chippewas outshot the Huskies 52.4 percent (11-for-21) to 34.6 percent (9-for-26) in the first half to take a 32-22 halftime lead.

Mike McKinney shot 9-for-14 from the field, scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Northern Illinois (6-21, 3-11). The Huskies also got 14 points from Cody Yelder.

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 Northern Illinois
M. McKinney M. McKinney
9-14,  23 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Cent. Michigan
G. Watson G. Watson
6-13,  20 Pts
5 Rebs, 3 Assists

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