Noah McCarty and Eugene German hit key 3-pointers to lead the NIU men's basketball team to its fifth straight victory, 66-61 on Tuesday at Toledo.
NIU (14-9 overall, 7-3 Mid-American Conference) led by as much as eight in the second half, but Toledo tied the game with 5:12 left. But first McCarty then German hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give the Huskies a 58-52 lead over the Rockets.
Toledo (11-12, 3-7) got to within two late but German scored five straight to highlight his 25-point outing and push the lead to 64-58 with 21 seconds left. The Rockets hit a 3 to bite into the lead, but Darius Beane sunk a pair of free throws to secure the win.
NIU held Toledo to just 41.7 percent (20-of-48) shooting from the field while the Huskies shot 47.1 percent (24-of-51) as, for the sixth consecutive season, the Huskies and Rockets played a game decided by five points or less at Savage Arena.
Up six at the break, the Huskies fell behind two early in the second half when Toledo started on an 8-0 run, but Lacey James stemmed the tide with a 3-point play.
Darius Beane scored the opening basket of the game before Toledo answered with the next seven to take an early five-point lead. He continued his hot streak since moving into the starting lineup, scoring 11.
James added eight points and 13 rebounds. Luke Knapke and Willie Jackson each scored 15 for the Rockets, with Jackson grabbing a team-high nine rebounds.