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Area roundup: NIU men, women win MAC openers; Sycamore bowling wins home tournament

Lacey James was formidable in the post throughout Northern Illinois’ 72-66 overtime win over Ohio on Saturday, scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as the Huskies won their first road game since Feb. 21, 2017.

In the overtime period, Lacey James sank four free throws in helping to hand Ohio (8-5)
After scoring 21 points in the first half on 26.9 percent shooting (7 of 26), NIU (8-6, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) went from trailing, 37-23, early in the second half to sprinting out to a 15-0 run to take a 38-37 lead with 12:40 to go.

“We had to take it one play at a time, there is no 14-point play,” NIU coach Mark Montgomery said. “Our defense had to get some stops, and then we had to get consecutive baskets.”


Huskies hush Miami (Ohio): NIU opened MAC play by controlling Miami (Ohio) nearly the whole game with the Huskies winning, 82-71.

Riley Blackwell and Ally May provided the post presence needed to knock off the RedHawks. Blackwell’s 16 points were a career high and marked her as one of six Huskies to score in double figures. May’s 11 points and 10 rebounds marked her second consecutive double-double.

“We did a great job of sharing the ball today,” Blackwell said. “We just found the open person and everyone, not just me, was knocking down open shots.”

Other double-digit scorers for NIU (8-5, 1-0) were Gabby Nikitinaite (16), Mikayla Voigt (14), Errin Hodges (12) and Myia Starks (10).


Dahnweih the top Cheesehead: DeKalb 195-pounder Blah Dahnweih bested the field over the course of Friday and Saturday’s Cheesehead Invitational, defeating Gabe Christensen of Southeast Polk (Iowa), ranked 18th nationally, by a 3-2 decision.

The victory helped push the Barbs to fifth place in the field of 30 teams. Mount Carmel won with 601.5 points. DeKalb ended the tournament with 457.5 points.

Other top finishes for the Barbs came from Tommy Curran at runner-up at 106 pounds, Fabian Lopez in third at 132, Ben Aranda in third place at 106, Austin Johnson in sixth at 160 pounds and Logan Roach in seventh at 182.

Bennett wins at Polo tourney: The Cogs’ 138-pounder helped Genoa-Kingston take seventh in the 17-team field.


Barbs lose close one at West Aurora: DeKalb went to the wire on the road Saturday, only to fall, 61-59.

The Barbs led, 52-46, into the fourth. Isaiah Youngquist scored 16 for the Barbs and Blake Williams added 15.

Woodstock downs Indian Creek: The Timberwolves couldn’t quite slow down Woodstock in falling, 86-71, at home.

Cooper Larsen scored 23 points to lead Indian Creek, and Drew Gaston added 20.
Kaneland falls to Hampshire: The Knights lost on the road, 81-44.

Luke Brost led the Knights with 10 points.

The game was tied at 16 after one quarter, but the Whip-Purs scored 52 points in the second and third quarters to secure the win.

Hinckley-Big Rock rolls past Harvest Christian: The Royals got 24 points and 16 rebounds from Brian Bohannon in a 64-40 win.

Tate Sanderson added 19, and Spencer Brown had 11.


Duo leads Indian Creek to win: The Timberwolves raced to a 62-47 win over Woodstock.

Indian Creek was led by Brooke Heiman’s 27 points. Jade Milostan added 19 points.


Sycamore wins at Mardi Gras: The Spartans rolled to win at the Matt Clark Invitational, holding off Morris, 5,671-5,489.

Heather Carlson took second with a 1,264, Maddie Lathrop was fourth (1,238), and Megan Kolberg took fifth (1,230).


DeKalb third at Rockford: The Barbs rolled a 5,909 behind a 1,293 series from Nicklaus Eberly, good for fifth.

Logan Zarek took sixth with a 1,282, and Michael Rae was 10th with a 1,212.

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