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Loyola (Ill.) 53, Northern Illinois 46

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The shooting was as chilly as the temperatures at the NIU Convocation Center, but Loyola eventually heated up to hold off the Huskies and improve to 4-2 with a 53-46 win in DeKalb.

The teams had combined for just 20 points 10 minutes into the game and the Ramblers got their last point of the half on a Christian Thomas free throw with 7:55 to go, taking a 16-10 lead. The Huskies missed seven shots and had five turnovers and could close the six-point deficit, limping into halftime with Loyola leading 16-15.

Both teams found their range in the second half. Forward Ben Averkamp, who made the game's first field goal with a 3-pointer, had 10 of his game-high 15 points in the first half and helped Loyola push its lead to 40-29 with just under 10 minutes to play. Averkamp assisted on a pair of long jumpers -- 3-pointers by Devon Turk and Cully Payne -- and drained another 3 of his own with 14:01 to go.

NIU shot 29.8 percent from the field in the game. Akeem Springs had 15 points on 6 of 16 shooting.

Loyola scored 19 of its 53 points at the free throw line.
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