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NIU advances to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament

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In a high-level college basketball game befitting of the month of March, the Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team outlasted Toledo, 80-76, on Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena to advance to the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Junior Eugene German scored a game-high 27 points, senior Dante Thorpe added 18 and senior Levi Bradley scored 13 points, all of which came in the second half.

NIU (17-16) shot 56.4 percent (31-of-55) in the contest, including 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from three-point range, as the Huskies won for just the second time in Quicken Loans Arena, and the first time since 2003.

Five players scored in double figures for Toledo, led by 17 points from Marreon Jackson. Luke Knapke added 16, Nate Navigato scored 15, Jaelan Sanford had 13 and Chris Darrington scored 12 for the Rockets, who made 14 triples in the contest.

With the win, NIU advances to the MAC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2003 where they will face the winner of the Bowling Green-Ball State quarterfinal on Friday night, March 15, at 8 p.m. CT at Quicken Loans Arena. Friday’s contest will be televised live on Fox College Sports.

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