Xavier, Ohio 106, N. Illinois 84
DE KALB, Ill. (AP) _ Pete Sears scored 23 points and Michael Hawkins added 22, leading Xavier of Ohio to a 106-84 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday.
The Musketeers (14-3 overall, 6-0 Midwestern Collegiate Conference) jumped out to a 19-point lead in the first half as T.J. Johnson hit a layup for a 27-8 advantage.
Northern Illinois battled back to a 45-43 deficit, only to have Xavier go on a 11-2 run for a 56-45 halftime lead.
The Huskies (13-6, 3-5) got back to within eight, 67-59, to start the second half. But the Musketeers went on an 11-0 surge.
Northern would get no closer than 14 after that.
Northern picked up 16 points from Marlin Simms and 15 points and 10 rebounds form Hubert Register. The Huskies also had 11 points from Mike Lipnisky and Jamal Robinson.
Robinson was knocked unconscious and carried from the court on a stretcher with 2:26 remaining. He suffered a mild concussion, doctors said.