Recap - Western Michigan Defeats Northern Illinois 71-34
The battle between Western Michigan and Northern Illinois didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Northern Illinois was handed a 71-34 defeat on Saturday at NIU Convocation Center.
Bettors who backed Western Michigan were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as a favorite of 2.5 at sportsbooks.
Western Michigan got 13 points from David Brown and another 9 points from Shayne Whittington. Connar Tava contributed 6 assists, while Shayne Whittington cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.
Northern Illinois got 13 points from Kevin Gray in a losing cause and another 6 points from J.J. Cravatta. Daveon Balls contributed 2 assists for them, while Kevin Gray had 5 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Western Michigan were victorious, as the score was 31-20 at the break.
Western Michigan won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 42-27.