MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Abdel Nader scored 23 points and Northern Illinois hit 10 3-pointers en route to a 74-61 victory over Central Michigan on Wednesday night.
Nader hit 4 of 5 3-pointers for the Huskies (4-13, 2/3 Mid-American), who snapped a three-game losing streak that included a 71-34 loss at home to Western Michigan their last time out. Northern Illinois was 10 for 19 from beyond the arc and shot 49 percent overall from the field.
Northern Illinois pulled away with nine straight points midway through the second half. Nader started the run with a 3-pointer and a jumper, and Darrell Bowie capped it with a pair of free throws and a layup that made it 59-48 with 6:10 remaining.
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