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N Illinois 101, Aurora 74

November 26, 1996

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) _ Chris Coleman scored 24 points to lead Northern Illinois to a 101-74 season-opening win over Aurora University on Monday night.

Ronald Minter added 15 points for Northern Illinois’ Huskies, who led 53-40 at halftime. Donte Parker had 14, Tori Hughes 11 and Rey Jones 10.

Aurora (1-2) was led by Troy Smith’s 18 points. Jason Buckley and Drew Avery added 16 each.

In addition to making 22 of 35 shots in the final 20 minutes, the Huskies connected on 43-of-76 for .565, which included a stellar 70 percent from 3-point range.

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