Silas leads Northern Illinois past Toledo 58-54
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP)—Xavier Silas scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half and Northern Illinois held off Toledo in a 58-54 win on Wednesday night.
Darion Anderson had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (8-8, 4-0 Mid-American Conference), who extended their winning streak to six games—the school’s longest run since the 1995-1996 season.
It’s also the first time Northern Illinois has gone 4-0 in the conference.
Silas, who went 6-for-14 from the floor and 3-for-6 from 3-point range, broke a 44-44 tie on his 3-pointer with 5:56 left in the second half. The Huskies pushed their margin to eight points on Lee Fisher’s jumper more than 3 minutes later.
The Rockets (3-15, 0-4) cut Northern Illinois’ advantage to 56-54 with 8 seconds left. But Toledo got no closer as Anderson hit two free throws to give the Huskies enough cushion.
Malcolm Griffin led Toledo with 13 points.