Northern Illinois falls to depleted Iowa State

AMES, Iowa -- Diante Garrett scored 22 points and depleted Iowa State sneaked past Northern Illinois 72-63 on Monday night for its seventh straight win.

Jake Anderson added 16 for the Cyclones (13-2), who used just six players until the final 10 seconds with starting guard Scott Christopherson and reserve center Jordan Railey out of action.

Northern Illinois (4-8) got as close as 65-60 with 3:41 left. But Anderson, playing against the team he starred with for the past three seasons, drove for a tough bucket inside and Melvin Ejim followed with two free throws off an intentional foul.

Xavier Silas had 18 points for the Huskies, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Christopherson sat out with a bruised elbow. Railey was suspended for a violation of team rules.