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Area roundup: NIU men's hoops opens MAC play with close loss at Miami (Ohio)

By DAILY CHRONICLE-sports@daily-chronicle.com

In a game that didn't see a double-digit lead, the Northern Illinois men's basketball team missed a late 3-pointer and lost, 69-67, on the road at Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday night to open up Mid-American Conference play.

Huskies freshman guard Eugene German had a team-high 13 points on 5 for 7 shooting but missed a three with eight seconds left in the game that would have given Northern Illinois (8-6 overall, 0-1 in MAC West) the lead.

German was one of five players in double figures for the Huskies. Senior wing Aaric Armstead had 13 points and six rebounds, sophomore wing Levi Bradley had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds and Marin Maric and Dontel Highsmith each added 10 points in the loss.

Abdoulaye Harouna scored a game-high 18 points for the RedHawks, who improved to 8-6 overall and 1-0 in MAC East.

The Huskies took a 51-48 lead on a layup by Maric with 10:58 remaining in the game and tied it, 61-61, on a tip-in by Armstead with 3:41 left.

Northern Illinois came into the game shooting 30.7 percent on 3-pointers and finished the game 4 for 17 (23.5 percent) beyond the arc against the RedHawks. The Huskies play their conference home opener at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Central Michigan.

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Barbs win at Sterling: Rocky Mills had a big fourth quarter to help DeKalb to a 39-33 victory at Sterling on Tuesday.

Mills scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the final quarter for the Barbs, who improved to 4-13 overall and 1-5 in the Northern Illinois Big 12.

Jacki Rapp had nine points and six rebounds in the win.

IC falls to Plano: Indian Creek lost, 55-31, at Plano.

Olivia Turner scored a team-high nine points in the loss for the Timberwolves, who fell to 3-13 on the season.

Knights crush Rochelle: Jenni Weber led three Kaneland players in double figures in a 51-23 victory over Rochelle.

Weber scored a team-high 17 points, Grace Ringel had 11 and Morgan Weber added 10 in the win over the Knights, who improved to 13-2 overall and 5-1 in the Northern Illinois Big 12.

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G-K rolls at Richmond: A week after beating Richmond-Burton at the E.C. Nichols Holiday Tournament, the Cogs came away with a 58-37 win at Richmond on Tuesday.

Zach Miller scored a game-high 14 points for the Cogs, Griffin Hansen had 12 and Justin McNeal added 11 in the win.

"It was a huge win because that's a tough place to play," Genoa-Kingston coach Corey Jenkins said. "We definitely made a statement that the first time we beat them wasn't a fluke."

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