Scores

Final

N Illinois 73

(3-1, 1-0 MAC)

Toledo 69

(3-2, 0-1 MAC)

7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2005

Savage Arena, Toledo, Ohio

1 2 T
NIU 43 3073
TOL 21 4869

Top Performers

Northern Illinois: C. Sims 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

Toledo: J. Ingram 21 Pts, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Northern Illinois 73, Toledo 69

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Cory Sims scored 20 points and Northern Illinois held off Toledo 73-69 Saturday night.

The Huskies led by as many as 24 in the second half but the Rockets battled back to cut the lead to 68-65 on Kashif Payne's two free throws with 2:35 left.

Todd Peterson tipped in a basket to make it 72-67 with 52 seconds remaining and Zach Pancratz hit 1-of-2 from the free-throw line down the stretch to help Northern Illinois hold on.

Keonta Howell missed two 3-pointers in the final seven seconds for Toledo (3-2, 0-1 Mid-American Conference), which finished 11-of-28 from behind the arc.

Pancratz had 18 points and James Hughes added 12 for the Huskies (3-1, 1-0), who shot 69 percent from the field in the first half and led 43-21 at the break.

Justin Ingram led the Rockets with 21 points and Sammy Villegas finished with 14.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
TOL
Points 73 69
FG Made-Attempted 26-47 (.553) 21-48 (.438)
3P Made-Attempted 7-15 (.467) 11-28 (.393)
FT Made-Attempted 14-19 (.737) 16-21 (.762)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 22 0

2005-06 Season

DATEGAMELINKS
» Dec 3, 2005 NIU 73, @TOL 69Recap
Jan 24, 2006 TOL 67, @NIU 66Recap
Mar 9, 2006 TOL 78, @NIU 77Recap