Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo: Recap, Stats, and Box Score

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Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo: Recap, Stats, and Box Score
Northern Illinois 54
(5-17, 2-10 away)
Buffalo 59
(9-15, 6-5 home)
Venue: Alumni Arena
1:00PM ET / 10:00AM PT, February 09, 2013
Box Score
1st 2nd Final
Northern Illinois 27 27 54
Buffalo 31 28 59
Top Performers
Points Rebounds Assists
Northern Illinois A Nader 13 D Balls 7 D Balls 4
Buffalo J McCrea 16 A Nuiriankh 10 J Skeete 4

On Saturday, February 9th, Northern Illinois took on Buffalo and was taken down by the Bulls 59-54 in conference play. The Huskies were led by Abdel Nader, who put up a team-high 13 points and two rebounds. Keith Gray had nine points and added three rebounds. For the Bulls, Javon McCrea got a game-high 16 points and six rebounds. This makes three losses in a row for the Huskies. Northern Illinois (4-17, 2-7 MAC) takes on Ball State (8-13, 2-7 MAC) on Wednesday, February 13th on their home court.

Northern Illinois Game Notes

  • Northern Illinois started 5-17 during the 2007, 2006, and 1998 seasons (since 1996).
  • NIU beat the spread by five points. That makes the 11th time this season the Huskies have beaten the spread.
  • The Huskies have been unlucky five times this season in games decided by five or fewer points. Since 2007, Northern Illinois is 16-28 in close games.
  • Northern Illinois has lost 100 percent of the time this season (0-10) after recording 54 or fewer total points.
  • The Huskies have lost 100 percent of the time this season (0-6) after having a three-point percentage of 18.8 percent or worse.
  • Northern Illinois has lost 92 percent of the time this season (1-11) after committing 14 or more turnovers.
  • When the opposition records 34 or more rebounds this season, Northern Illinois has lost 100 percent of the time (0-12).
  • When the opposition records 16 or more free throws made this season, Northern Illinois has lost 85 percent of the time (2-11).
  • When the opposition commits 12 or fewer turnovers this season, Northern Illinois has lost 76 percent of the time (5-16).
  • NIU set a season low for steals (three).
  • The top two scorers (Abdel Nader and Darrell Bowie) accounted for 40.7 percent of the points.
  • The top two rebounders (Daveon Balls and Aksel Bolin) accounted for 43.3 percent of the rebounds.
  • Abdel Nader has led the team in scoring in nine out of 22 games this season.
  • Abdel Nader has four straight double-digit point games.

Buffalo Game Notes

  • The Bulls won this one, but have lost five times this season in games decided by five or fewer points. Since 2007, Buffalo is 28-26 in close games.
  • The top two scorers (Javon McCrea and Tony Watson II) accounted for 50.8 percent of the points.
  • The top two rebounders (Auraum Nuiriankh and Javon McCrea) accounted for 47.0 percent of the rebounds.
  • Javon McCrea has led the team in scoring 18 times in 24 games this season.
  • Auraum Nuiriankh has led the team in rebounding six times in 24 games this season.
  • Auraum Nuiriankh recorded the fourth double-digit rebound game of his career.
  • Auraum Nuiriankh recorded a double-double. It was the third of his career.
  • Javon McCrea has 12 straight double-digit point games.
NIU PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
AAbdel Nader191322213
BKeith Gray22930010
B-Aksel Bolin31562101
C+Darrell Bowie25911010
C+A. Christian6320000
CDaveon Balls25074002
CMike Davis18430001
C-Kevin Gray27631004
D+J.J. Cravatta11300000
D+Travon Baker15210001
UB PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
AJavon McCrea351664110
AA. Nuiriankh3610103012
BTony Watson II401430001
BJarryn Skeete38654101
C+Will Regan27950101
DCameron Downing16410005
-R. Thomas-Edwards4010001

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