Men’s basketball team remains in first, tops NIU

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The BGSU Men’s basketball team completed the sweep of Northern Illinois with a 69-65 road win.

With the win, the Falcons remain in first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division and in a four-way tie in the MAC, with eight games to play.

A 17-3 run stretching from the end of the first half into the second half helped erase a nine-point NIU lead.

From then the Falcons [15-6, 7-3] never trailed, but NIU did bring the lead within one point.

Two free throws from Anthony Henderson pushed the Falcons lead to three points. Two Richaun Holmes free throws with two seconds remaining pushed their lead to 69-65 as the Falcons walked away with the win.

Holmes and Jehvon Clarke led all Falcons with 18 points. Holmes finished with eight rebounds and four blocks.

Spencer Parker, who came off the bench for the first time this season, finished with 16 points and four rebounds.

The Falcons started the game slow as the Huskies went up 10-0, but the Falcons continued to chip away before their 17-3 run.

The Falcons will return to the Stroh Center Tuesday to host the defending MAC Tournament Champions, Western Michigan.