Northern Illinois holds off Eastern Michigan, wins 71-68
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Rod Henry-Hays hit four straight from the free throw line in the final 19 seconds to preserve Northern Illinois’ 71-68 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
Yeikson Montero scored at the basket to get Eastern Michigan within one, 67-66 with :23 remaining, but after Henry-Hays hit two free throws Ty Groce missed a 3 to tie and Henry-Hays grabbed the rebound, drew the foul and hit both free throws with :09 left.
Groce, who averaged 12 points per game coming into the contest to lead Eastern Michigan, had only 3 points after going 1 of 5 from long range.
Northern Illinois plays Akron at home on Tuesday. Eastern Michigan matches up against Ball St. at home on Tuesday.