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.