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Central Michigan Falls 84-80 to Northern Illinois - Recap

Northern Illinois earned a 84-80 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday, getting 21 points from Zarique Nutter at McGuirk Arena.

Bettors who backed Northern Illinois were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of -2.5 at sportsbooks.

Northern Illinois got 21 points from Kaleb Thornton and another 14 points from Darweshi Hunter. Kaleb Thornton contributed 5 assists, while Zarique Nutter cleaned the glass with 7 rebounds.

Central Michigan got a 40-point performance from Reggie Bass, who was supported by 14 points from Brian Taylor. Brian Taylor had 2 assists in a losing cause for Central Michigan, while Markus Harding grabbed 9 rebounds.

Northern Illinois led at halftime, 47-30.

The rebound battle favored Central Michigan as they grabbed 37 boards, while Northern Illinois only had 30

Northern Illinois heads into a battle against Buffalo. Central Michigan, meanwhile, will have their next action against Toledo.