NCAA Basketball

NIU holds off Illinois Tech 73-66 behind Bradley's 18 points

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Levi Bradley scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Eugene German added 17 points with five assists and Northern Illinois made 18 free throws in holding off Division III-member Illinois Tech 73-66 on Saturday.

Dante Thorpe added 13 points for the Huskies (2-1), who shot 46 percent to the Scarlet Hawks' 41 percent but made only 3-of-18 3-pointers.

Illinois Tech closed to 49-44 on Max Hisatake's layup with 9:01 left to play, but the Huskies scored 10 straight for a 61-46 lead with 5:20 left. Illinois Tech rallied again, closing to 69-64 on Anthony Mosely Jr.'s 3 with 31 seconds left, but Thorpe and Bradley combined for four free throws from there to seal it.

Mosley's jumper tied it at 8-all, but Bradley's back-to-back layups sparked an 11-2 run and the Huskies led 19-10 and 37-23 at halftime.

Mosley scored 20 points with six assists and Hisatake had 18 points with 13 rebounds and five assists for Illinois Tech.

Updated November 17, 2018

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