N. Illinois 55, E. Michigan 52

Tony Nixon scored 14 points to help Northern Illinois upset

Eastern Michigan 55-52 in the first round of the Mid-American

Conference tournament Monday night.

Aksel Bolin added 13 points and Marquavese Ford had seven

assists for the 12th-seeded Huskies (5-25), who will face No. 8

Western Michigan in the second round Wednesday night in

Cleveland.

Darrell Lampley and Jamell Harris scored 13 points apiece for

the fifth-seeded Eagles (14-18), who won the MAC West title but

shot only 34 percent. Darrell Thompson scored 12, all on

3-pointers.

It took Eastern Michigan 18:34 to crack double figures, trailing

15-10 with 1:26 left in the first half. But the Eagles used a 12-1

spurt to edge ahead 31-29 with 11:39 to go.

The Huskies replied with a basket by Kevin Gray and a 3-pointer

by Christian Antone and never trailed again, though the Eagles drew

within one point twice.