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Article updated: 2/4/2013 3:44 PM

NIU's Nader wins MAC West weekly honors


Northern Illinois sophomore Abdel Nader, a Niles North grad, was named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday.

Nader averaged 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds as the Huskies split a pair of contests against Kent State and Toledo.

Nader opened the week with his first career double-double, tying a career-high with 26 points while grabbing a career-best 11 rebounds as NIU defeated Kent State, 67-65, for its first win over the Golden Flashes since 2003. Against Toledo, Nader posted his second consecutive double-double with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. He made three triples against the Rockets and shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from behind the arc for the week.

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