Mooney scores 17 as UC Davis turns back N. Illinois 66-57

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Joe Mooney had 17 points and six rebounds and UC Davis held off a late rally to defeat Northern Illinois 66-57 on Saturday.

The Aggies (4-7) led the entire game except for a 31-all tie late in the first half. UC Davis had a nine-point lead at one point in the second half but Northern Illinois drew within 55-53 when Trendon Hankerson made a 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining. With 1:21 to go, Darius Beane made two free throws to draw NIU within 60-57 but UC Davis made 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute to close out the win.

Eugene German had 16 points for the Huskies (6-4). Lacey James added 10 points and nine rebounds.

UC Davis plays at San Diego on Dec. 14. Northern Illinois plays at Pittsburgh on Dec. 16.