Recap: Eastern Mich vs. Northern Ill
Ypsilanti, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Talley posted 21 points, six rebounds and four steals to help the Eastern Michigan Eagles to a 56-52 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies in a Mid-American Conference tilt at the Convocation Center.
Darell Combs chipped in 11 points for the Eagles (17-12, 9-7 MAC) as they earned their second consecutive victory. Glenn Bryant made an impact on the defensive end with four blocks and a pair of steals.
Aaric Armstead led NIU (13-15, 7-9) with 11 points and four steals, but also committed five of the team's 16 turnovers. Jordan Threloff pulled down nine boards in the losing effort.
EMU struggled on the offensive end in the opening period as it was limited to just 30.8 percent efficiency from the floor and turned the ball over eight times. The Huskies connected on 39.1 percent of their field goal attempts in the first stanza en route to a 28-22 halftime lead.
The Huskies managed to extend their advantage to 13 by the 12:37 mark of the second half, but the hosts responded with 12-straight points to narrow the deficit to 43-42 with just under nine minutes left to play. EMU ended the game on a 10-0 run. NIU cooled off to shoot just 35 percent from the field, including a 1-of-7 clip from 3-point range after the break. The Eagles outrebounded the visitors, 20-11, and converted 15-of-17 tries at the charity stripe over the final 20 minutes to complete the rally.
The Eagles enjoyed a 38-28 edge in the rebounding battle.Game Notes