Nillinois 25 31 56
Wmichigan 24 37 61
Date of game: 3/4/2014

Recap: Western Mich vs. Northern Ill

Kalamazoo, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Shayne Whittington knocked down 11-of-12 at the free-throw line on his way to 21 points, as the Western Michigan Broncos outlasted the Northern Illinois Huskies, 61-56, in Mid-American Conference action at University Arena.

David Brown added 18 points for WMU (20-9, 13-4 MAC), which has won nine of 10 and remained tied for first place in the MAC West with Toledo. Connar Tava handed out eight assists for the hosts.

For NIU (13-16, 7-10), which has lost three of four, Aaric Armstead poured in 15 points, while Jordan Threloff tallied a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Neither team shot greater than 37 percent from the field in the first half, but NIU took a slim 25-24 lead into intermission by outscoring WMU from 3- point range, 9-0.

The Huskies continued to lead late in the second half until the Broncos used a 12-3 run to take a four-point lead with 1:41 remaining. After NIU came back to tie the score at 55 with 46 seconds left on an Armstead layup, WMU answered on its next possession with a Tava bucket, and the squad knocked down 4-of-4 at the foul line over the final 16 seconds to seal the victory.

The difference came at the charity stripe, where WMU shot 26-of-33 compared to NIU's 13-of-17 showing.

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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