Baker lifts Northern Illinois over Kent St.
KENT, Ohio – Travon Baker made two free throws with 5.2 seconds left to lift Northern Illinois to a 50-49 victory over Kent State on Wednesday night.
Devareaux Manley made two free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining to put the Golden Flashes (11-9, 2-5 Mid-American) up by a point. But Baker was then fouled attempting a layup.
The Huskies (8-11, 2-5) were down 13 points with 12:28 to go before rallying to take a 46-45 lead on Darrell Bowie's basket with 3:16 left. Mark Henniger's dunk put KSU back up before Aksel Bolin made two free throws for a 48-47 NIU lead.
Baker scored 11 points, Bolin 14 and Jordan Threloff 10 for the Huskies, who avenged a 73-64 overtime loss to Kent State on NIU's floor on Jan. 15. The victory also snapped a four-game losing streak.
Darren Goodson had 10 points for KSU, which has lost four straight.