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Massachusetts vs Northern Illinois Wrap - Massachusetts Wins 64-59

Massachusetts grabbed a 64-59 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Maxie Esho at NIU Convocation Center.

Bettors who backed Massachusetts were disappointed, as they failed to cover the closing number of 9.5.

Massachusetts got 12 points from Chaz Williams and another 11 points from Freddie Riley. Raphiael Putney contributed 3 assists, while Terrell Vinson cleaned the glass with 8 rebounds.

Northern Illinois got a 15-point performance from Abdel Nader, who was supported by 11 points from Aksel Bolin. Darrell Bowie had 3 assists in a losing cause for Northern Illinois, while Abdel Nader grabbed 9 rebounds.

Massachusetts led at halftime, 36-23.

The rebound battle favored Northern Illinois as they grabbed 39 boards, while Massachusetts only had 33.