Scores

Final

N Illinois 71

(5-5, 2-2 away)

UC Riverside 64

(4-7, 3-3 home)

    5:00 PM ET, December 22, 2013

    Student Recreation Center, Riverside, California

    1 2 T
    NIU 33 3871
    UCRV 23 4164

    Top Performers

    Northern Illinois: D. Highsmith 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    UC Riverside: N. Gruninger 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Northern Illinois puts away UC Riverside 71-64

    Associated Press

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Dontel Highsmith scored a career-high 27 points as Northern Illinois took an early lead and held on to defeat UC Riverside 71-64 on Sunday.

    Highsmith, a freshman, was 9 of 11 from the field, including three 3-pointers. He also made all six of his free throws and did not have a turnover.

    The Huskies (5-5) had fallen behind when UC Riverside's (4-7) Nick Gruninger opened the game with a five-point flurry. Gruninger wasn't heard from again until well after halftime and the cold-shooting Highlanders, 35.7 percent, trailed by 10 at halftime.

    Gruninger scored 12 of his season-high 18 points in the second half. Chris Harriel also scored a season-high 18 and his 3-pointer brought the Highlanders to within 62-59 with 1:25 to play. Highsmith hit a 3 on the other end, and Northern Illinois made 17 of 18 free throws in the final 10 minutes.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NIU
    UCRV
    Points 71 64
    FG Made-Attempted 19-42 (.452) 20-56 (.357)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 6-23 (.261)
    FT Made-Attempted 27-35 (.771) 18-29 (.621)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 25 (0/0)

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