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NIU

Frye's late three pushes Falcons past Huskies

NIU forward Noah McCarty (11) lays the ball up off of a back door cut against Eastern Michigan Eagles forward Ty Groce (31) in DeKalb Jan. 11.
NIU forward Noah McCarty (11) lays the ball up off of a back door cut against Eastern Michigan Eagles forward Ty Groce (31) in DeKalb Jan. 11.

The Northern Illinois men's basketball team dropped a tight contest in the final minute at Bowling Green Saturday, 66-64.

With the game tied 60-60 with 1:10 to, the Falcons got into a set that created a corner 3-pointer for Dylan Frye that he sank for a three-point lead with 0:48 left.

"We have two guys on him and I guess his prayer was answered. That's his only three of the game," NIU coach Mark Montgomery said.

Eugene German, the game's leading scorer at 19 points, missed a potential tying 3-pointer and Frye went and sank 1 of 2 free throw tries to put the Falcons up four, 66-62. Free throws were a difference-maker as the Falcons sank 21 of 24.

NIU (9-9, 2-3 MAC) couldn't get a clean look and Darius Beane's last-second bucket still left the Huskies short.

Noah McCarty scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for NIU. Trendon Hankerson scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds. Lacey James had eight points and seven rebounds, and fouled out with 3:08 to go in a 58-58 game.

"Even with him (James) out of the game, we still had our chance to win the game," Montgomery said. "German got to the paint and missed a five-foot floater that he usually makes but you've got to execute out of a timeout."

The Huskies held Bowling Green (13-5, 4-1 MAC) to 7 of 25 from beyond the 3-point arc, and even held Justin Turner to five points on 1 of 12 attempts. NIU held the Falcons to 19 of 58 (32.8%) from the floor and outscored the Falcons on fast breaks 14-0.

Frye scored 14 points and Daequon Plowden led the Falcons with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

"The second-chance points cost us the game, and a few backdoors," Montgomery said.

"We're building up to play our best basketball," Montgomery said. "We want it now, but we've got to find a way to win it Tuesday (against Kent State).

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