Miami (OH) beats Northern Illinois 81-65

Associated Press
Updated 2/3/2018 6:56 PM

DEKALB, Ill. -- Nike Sibande scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Miami (OH) beat Northern Illinois 81-65 on Saturday afternoon.

Jalen Adaway added 17 points for the RedHawks (13-10, 6-4 Mid-American Conference) who have won four of their last five. Isaiah Coleman-Lands scored 16 points on 4 of 5 shooting from 3-point range and Bam Bowman had 10 points and six rebounds.

The Redhawks opened the game on a Sibande 3-pointer and led all the way, building to a 33-16 advantage with 5:08 left and were up 38-28 at the break.

Northern Illinois closed to 58-49 midway through the second half, but Coleman-Lands replied with three 3s in the span of four possessions and Dalonte Brown included a dunk to help push it to 71-51 with 6:15 left and the RedHawks cruised from there.

Justin Thomas scored 14 points off the bench for the Huskies (10-13, 3-7) who have lost three straight.

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