Umass 36 28 64
Nillinois 23 36 59
Date of game: 12/29/2012

Recap: Northern Ill vs. Massachusetts

Dekalb, IL (Sports Network) - Maxie Esho scored 14 points off the bench to lead the Massachusetts Minutemen to a 64-59 victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies in non-conference action at the NIU Convocation Center.

Chaz Williams added 12 points, Freddie Riley tacked on 11 points and Terrell Vinson chipped in 10 points for Massachusetts (8-3). The Minutemen have now won five straight games.

Abdel Nader scored 15 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double for Northern Illinois (2-10) which lost for the fifth straight game. Askel Bolin added 11 points and Akeem Springs tallied 10 points.

The Minutemen got out to a 36-23 lead at halftime by shooting at a 59.1 percent clip while limiting the Huskies to just 24.0 percent shooting.

Massachusetts cooled to 36.4 percent shooting in the second half but rode a 10-3 edge on points from the free throw line to the victory.

Northern Illinois lost despite forcing a game-high 20 turnovers by Massachusetts.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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