Created: Thursday, February 23, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

NIU men's, women's hoops both lose


YPSILANTI, Mich. – Darrell Lampley scored 21 points and Eastern Michigan used a 15-0 run late in the game to overtake Northern Illinois 48-45 on Wednesday night.

Derek Thompson added 10 points for the Eagles (12-16, 7-6), the Mid-American West Division leaders, who snapped a two-game slide. Lampley also had team highs of five assists and three steals.

Tony Nixon and Abdel Nader scored 10 points apiece for the Huskies (3-23, 2-11), who dropped their fourth in a row and fell to 0-12 on the road. Nadel's seven rebounds led Northern Illinois to a 42-28 edge on the boards.

After a 22-22 halftime tie, the Huskies started the second half with a 14-2 surge. But with the score 39-26, Eastern Michigan reeled off the next 15 points, holding Northern Illinois scoreless for 9:06.

The Eagles swept the season series, having won 47-40 on Jan. 7 in DeKalb.

– The Associated Press

NIU women fall at Central Michigan

With the Mid-American Conference regular season winding down next week, the standings and battle for hosting a first round MAC Tournament were jumbled up as the Northern Illinois women’s basketball team dropped a 73-50 decision to Central Michigan on Wednesday night at McGuirk Arena.

Coupled with Akron’s loss to Miami (Ohio) and Ohio’s win over Bowling Green on Wednesday, the Chippewas' win created a four-way tie for fifth overall in the league between NIU, CMU, Akron and Ohio. Seeds No. 5-8 will host a first round game, but nothing is set with two games left and Ball State and Kent State two games back from jumping into the mix.

– Chronicle staff report

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