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Northern Illinois Huskies vs Ball State Cardinals Wrap - Ball State Wins 63-59

Ball State grabbed a 63-59 win over Northern Illinois on Tuesday, behind a 22-point effort from Ishmael El-Amin at John E. Worthen Arena.

Ball State did not, however, defeat Northern Illinois against the spread, which closed at -7.0 at most sportsbooks.

Kyle Mallers had 12 points for Ball State and Tahjai Teague chipped in with 12 points. Jarron Coleman had 4 assists for them, while Brachen Hazen was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 9 boards.

Northern Illinois got 18 points from Eugene German in a losing cause and another 10 points from Zaire Mateen. Trendon Hankerson contributed 1 assists for them, while Lacey James had 8 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Ball State were victorious, as the score was $HalfScore at the break.

Northern Illinois won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 32-31.

Next game, Ball State takes its act home to face Bowling Green looking for another win. For Northern Illinois, they head on the road to face Miami-Ohio.