Massachusetts 102, N. Illinois 87
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP)—Gary Forbes scored 22 points, Ricky Harris added 20 and Massachusetts beat Northern Illinois 102-87 in the BTI Tip-Off Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
UMass (2-0) was 14-of-26 shooting from 3-point range, falling one shy of the school record for threes in a game set against rival Temple in 1997.
The Minutemen jumped ahead 31-17 and led 53-37 at the break, as Harris scored 17 in the first half. Forbes and Harris each scored at least 20 for the second time in as many games.
Ryan Paradise scored 18 points and Egan Grafel added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (0-2).
Etienne Brower had 16 for UMass, which faces host Northern Iowa Sunday.