Sanjosest 24 35 59
Nillinois 26 34 60
Date of game: 11/16/2013

Recap: Northern Ill vs. San Jose St

DeKalb, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Threloff scored 17 points off the bench as the Northern Illinois Huskies held on for a 60-59 victory against the San Jose State Spartans during the NIU Invitational at the NIU Convocation Center.

Daveon Balls added 15 points, also as a reserve, for Northern Illinois (1-2), which did not have a single starter score more than four points.

Jaleel Williams netted 13 points, D.J. Brown had 12 and Jalen James and Rashad Muhammad tacked on 11 apiece for San Jose State (0-3).

At halftime the Huskies held a 26-24 lead after shooting just 37 percent from the floor. The Spartans were unable to take advantage, collecting just eight field goals in the period.

After the break San Jose State again struggled, making good on just 8-of-19 shots from the floor. The Huskies never led by more than six points in the second half but a 14-of-18 effort from the free-throw line allowed them to escape with the win.

Northern Illinois outscored San Jose State, 30-10, in the paint.

Game Notes

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