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NIU

NIU men's basketball: Huskies can't slow Walker, Kent State in second half of road loss

Northern Illinois could not slow down Jaylin Walker as the Huskies dropped a 78-68 contest at Kent State Saturday.

Walker led Kent State (14-4, 3-2 in the MAC) with 31 points, 19 coming in the second half. Kent State shot 16 of 27 (59.3 percent) from the floor in scoring 50 points in the second half.

Walker hit a 3-pointer, one of three (out of 12) the senior made, to put the Golden Flashes up 33-32 at the 1:32 after the halftime break. Kent State never trailed again. Mitch Peterson knocked down a 3-pointer four minutes later to push KSU ahead five and Kent State went up by as much as 15 with 5:35 to go. Antonio Williams scored 13 and Akiean Frederick added 12 for the Golden Flashes.

Eugene German followed a slow first half with 18 of his 22 points in the second half and added five rebounds. Despite German's strong second half, the Huskies never quite found their scoring stroke outside of the paint. NIU shot 5 of 20 on 3-point attempts and assisted on only five baskets. The Huskies also turned the ball over 14 times to Kent State's eight.

The Huskies attacked the basket early and scored 24 of their 30 first-half points in the paint as NIU led 30-28 at the half.

Lacey James recorded a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double, Levi Bradley scored 12 points and Dante Thorpe added 10 points.

Up next: The Huskies welcome Associated Press 16th-ranked Buffalo (17-1, 5-0 in MAC to town for a game Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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