Nillinois 35 13 48
Emichigan 24 29 53
Date of game: 3/12/2014

Recap: Eastern Mich vs. Northern Ill

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Karrington Ward posted 13 points and 12 rebounds in helping the Eastern Michigan Eagles to a 53-48 triumph over the Northern Illinois Huskies in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena.

Glenn Bryant added 12 points and J.R. Sims chipped in 11 for seventh-seed Eastern Michigan (20-13), which takes on third-seed Buffalo in the next round.

Jordan Threloff and Aaric Armstead each scored nine points and combined for 19 rebounds for seventh-seed Northern Illinois (15-17).

It was Northern Illinois that led 35-24 at halftime. The Huskies shot 47.8 percent from the field on the opening frame, while the Eagles managed only five field goals.

The tables turned in the second half when Northern Illinois had all of three field goals. Eastern Michigan only hit on 30.8 percent from the floor, but also sank 12-of-15 at the free-throw line to rally for the win.

Eastern Michigan doubled up Northern Illinois in points off of turnovers (16-8).

Game Notes

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