Anderson, Patton lead N. Illinois to 88-78 win over Akron

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AKRON, Ohio (AP)—Darion Anderson scored 24 points with 10 rebounds and Michael Patton added 22 points to lead Northern Illinois to an 88-78 win over Akron on Tuesday night.

Anderson was 8-of-11 shooting, including two 3-pointers, as the Huskies shot 65 percent for the game and snapped a five-game losing streak.

Ahead 65-64 in the second half, the Huskies got a layup from Jarvis Nichols that sparked a decisive 13-5 run, giving them a 9-point lead with 1:55 remaining.

Ben Rand scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Nichols finished with 10 for Northern Illinois (6-17, 3-8 Mid-American).

Nick Dials led Akron (17-7, 7-4) with 17 points. Nate Linhart scored 15 points and Chris McKnight added 11 for the Zips, who lost their first game at home this season.

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8-11,  24 Pts
10 Rebs, 7 Assists
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4-12,  15 Pts
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