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Northern Illinois Downs Central Michigan 79-74 - Match Report

Trendon Hankerson scored 27 points for Northern Illinois on Friday, leading them to a 79-74 victory over Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena.

Bettors who backed Northern Illinois were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of +5.0 at sportsbooks.

Darius Beane had 16 points for Northern Illinois and Nathan Scott chipped in with 13 points. Tyler Cochran had 3 assists for them, while Trendon Hankerson was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 8 boards.

Central Michigan got 30 points from Meikkel Murray in a losing cause and another 14 points from PJ Mitchell. Caleb Huffman contributed 4 assists for them, while Meikkel Murray had 10 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Northern Illinois were victorious, as the score was 37-31 at the break.

Northern Illinois had a 39-35 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.