NCAA Hoops: NIU, Bradley, Eastern all fall

NCAA Hoops: NIU, Bradley, Eastern all fall
February 16, 2011, 4:55 am
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Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011
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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Flenard Whitfield had a double-double to lead Western Michigan to a 77-65 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night.

Whitfield scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his sixth double-double for the Broncos (7-4, 14-10), who lead the Mid-American Conference West.

Mike Douglas led the Broncos with 16 points. Demetrius Ward hit double figures for the ninth straight game, adding 15. But his streak of free throws ended at 35 when he missed in the second half. Juwan Howard Jr. scored 12.

Nate Rucker's 11 points led the Huskies (7-17, 3-9), who lost their sixth straight. DeMarcus Grady added 10. Xavier Silas, the nation's second-leading scorer at 24.2, was limited to seven points on 3-for-11 shooting.

Western Michigan used a 12-0 run late in the first half to turn a 24-24 tie into a 36-24 lead. Ward scored 10 of those points, and the Broncos led for good.
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Poor second half does Bradley in

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Anthony James scored 25 points, making 6 of 7 from 3-point range, and Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 24 Tuesday night as Northern Iowa rallied to beat Bradley 80-70, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Marc Sonnen added 17 points for the Panthers (19-9, 10-6 Missouri Valley). Bradley opened up a 28-18 lead in the first half, but Northern Iowa scored 10 of the game's next 12 points and eventually trailed 34-29 at halftime.

Northern Iowa tied a school record with 15 3-pointers and was able to hold on at the free-throw line with a 23-for-26 performance. Ahelegbe was 11 for 12 from the foul line and Sonnen - all in the last 1:05 - was 8 for 8. The Panthers' biggest lead was the final score.

Andrew Warren led Bradley (9-18, 3-13) with 20 points. Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 15 points, Will Egolf scored 12 and Dodie Dunson added 11 points.

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Tennessee-Martin' strong start sinks EIU

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Mike Liabo scored 21 points for Tennessee-Martin, which roared out of the gate to defeat Eastern Illinois 73-54 on Tuesday night.

Troy King and Reuben Clayton scored 13 points apiece for the Skyhawks (10-18, 5-11), who put the game out of reach early by scoring the first 14 points and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the game.

The win put Tennessee-Martin alone in eighth place in the Ohio Valley, a game ahead of the Panthers (8-18, 4-12) with two games left for each team. There are eight berths in the OVC's postseason tournament.

Eastern Illinois has lost eight in a row. The Panthers haven't won since losing at Tennessee-Martin 63-62 on Jan. 22.

Jeremy Granger scored 16 points and senior Curry McKinney scored 13 for Eastern Illinois, which played its final home game of the season.

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