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L 62-73
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L 67-76
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W 70-64
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W 91-82
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L 50-56
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Northern Illinois eliminates Western Michigan in MAC 56-50

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Travon Baker scored 18 points, including eight in a row in a key stretch late, and seventh-seeded Northern Illinois beat No. 10 seed Western Michigan 56-50 in a Mid-American Conference tournament first round matchup on Monday night.

The Huskies (21-11) will play second-seeded Ohio (20-10) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The teams split two games in the regular season.

A close game throughout, a 3-point play by Western Michigan's Tucker Haymond tied it at 42 with 5:35 to go. Baker drilled 3-pointers on the next two possessions, and then hit a pair of free throws, and the Huskies didn't trail again.

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Leaders
Points: T. Wilder18.0
Rebounds: A. Avery5.9
Assists: T. Wilder3.1
FG%: T. Haymond42.5%
FT%: T. Wilder79.0%
3P%: K. McCormick45.8%
Steals: T. Wilder1.6
Blocks: A. Avery0.7
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas33-5
2 Michigan State29-6
3 North Carolina33-7
4 Virginia29-8
5 Oregon31-7
6 Villanova35-5
7 Oklahoma29-8
8 West Virginia26-9
9 Xavier28-6
10 Miami (FL)27-8
10 Kentucky27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova35-5
2 North Carolina33-7
3 Kansas33-5
4 Oklahoma29-8
5 Virginia29-8
6 Oregon31-7
7 Michigan State29-6
8 Miami (FL)27-8
9 Indiana27-8
10 Syracuse23-14
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Mid-American Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
East
Akron 13-5 26-9
Ohio 11-7 23-12
Kent State 10-8 19-13
Buffalo 10-8 20-15
Miami (OH) 6-12 13-20
Bowling Green 5-13 16-18
West
Ball State 10-8 21-14
Central Michigan 10-8 17-16
Northern Illinois 9-9 21-13
Eastern Michigan 9-9 18-15
Toledo 8-10 17-15
Western Michigan 7-11 13-19
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 73.2 (174)
Rebounds: 11.2 (144)
Assists: 11.9 (271)
FG%: 43.1% (222)
FT%: 71.2% (126)
3P%: 34.6% (180)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 73.5 (224)
Rebounds: 26.0 (122)
Assists: 13.4 (199)
FG%: 44.1% (215)
FT%: 69.6% (158)
3P%: 35.1% (217)
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