Scores

Final

Ball State 55

(13-14, 7-7 MAC)

N Illinois 56

(10-17, 5-9 MAC)

    3:00 PM ET, February 28, 2009

    Convocation Center, Dekalb, Illinois

    1 2 T
    BALL 21 3455
    NIU 23 3356

    Top Performers

    Ball State: B. Lampley 20 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Northern Illinois: D. Anderson 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    N. Illinois 56, Ball St. 55

    Associated Press

    DEKALB, Ill. -- Sean Smith scored 20 points to lead Northern Illinois to a 56-55 Mid-American Conference win over Ball State Saturday afternoon.

    Darion Anderson had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Northern Illinois (10-17, 5-9). Ante Dzepina chipped in 10 on 3-of-3 shooting, including eight in the second half.

    The Huskies took a slim 23-21 lead into the break and were up by as much as 10 with 9:21 left before Ball State (13-14, 7-7) closed the gap.

    Dzepina sunk a free throw to make it 56-51 with 2:34 left, and while Brandon Lampley scored four more in the game's final moments, it wasn't enough to seal the deal.

    Lampley led the Cardinals with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Laron Frazier had 14 points and five rebounds.

    The Huskies shot 43.1 percent, compared with 46.7 percent for the Cardinals. Northern Illinois struggled from 3-point range, making just 3-of-18 tries.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BALL
    NIU
    Points 55 56
    FG Made-Attempted 21-45 (.467) 22-51 (.431)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-12 (.667) 3-18 (.167)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-8 (.625) 9-20 (.450)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 10

    2008-09 Season

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