DeKALB, Ill. -- Xavier Silas scored 39 points Wednesday night to lead Northern Illinois to an 83-74 victory over Akron.
Silas, who had a 40-point game earlier this season against Illinois-Chicago, was 9 for 17 from the field, making five of his nine 3-point attempts, and 16 for 20 from the free-throw line for Northern Illinois (7-11, 3-3 Mid-American). The 6-foot-5 senior entered Wednesday fourth in the nation in scoring with 23.6 points per game.Nate Rucker and Antone Christian added 13 points each for the Huskies, and Tim Toler grabbed 12 rebounds.Northern Illinois led 39-32 at halftime and by as many as 19 points in the second half.Nikola Cvetinovic led Akron (11-9, 2-4) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Brett McClanahan, who made all five of his field goals from 3-point range, added 15 points for the Zips. Steve McNees, Darryl Roberts and Brett McKnight scored 10 points apiece.
Lost in the all the Jimmer jabber? There's a new No. 2 scorer in the nation. Amidst all the talk of Jimmer vs. Kemba, Xavier Silas slipped past Kemba Walker for second in the nation. The margin is razor thin, with Silas averaging 24.44 and Walker at 24.42.
Wednesday, Silas scored 39 points in Northern Illinois' 83-74 win over Akron. The former Colorado guard spent much of the second half at the line, hitting 14 of 18 free throws after the break. How important is Silas to the Huskies? He's averaging 32.0 PPG in their seven wins.