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Northern Illinois Falls 53-46 to Loyola of Chicago - Recap

Loyola of Chicago earned a 53-46 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday, getting 15 points from Ben Averkamp at NIU Convocation Center.

Loyola of Chicago won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 6.5-point spread as favorites.

Loyola of Chicago got 10 points from Cully Payne and another 8 points from Christian Thomas. Cully Payne contributed 2 assists, while Ben Averkamp cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.

Northern Illinois got 15 points from Akeem Springs in a losing cause and another 6 points from Daveon Balls. Daveon Balls contributed 4 assists for them, while Aksel Bolin had 7 rebounds.

Loyola of Chicago hit the break leading 16-15 before taking care of business in the second half.

The rebound battle favored Loyola of Chicago as they grabbed 34 boards, while Northern Illinois only had 31.