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|NIU Defeats Toledo
|DeKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Xavier Silas scored 20 points and Tim Toler added 14 to lead Northern Illinois to a 64-54 victory over Toledo on Saturday.
After missing his initial shot attempt, Silas made three straight 3-pointers in the first 3:12, giving the Huskies (6-9, 2-1 Mid-American) a lead they would never relinquish.
Malcolm Griffin had 31 points, the only double-digit scoring figure for the Rockets (3-14, 0-3).
His trio of early 3s extended Silas' streak to nine, as he was 6 for 6 from behind the arc against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday. Northern Illinois made six of its first nine 3-point tries and was 11 of 29 for the game.
After Toledo closed to within four points with 9:39 remaining, a Tony Nixon 3-pointer and three-point play by Lee Fisher helped the Huskies restore a safe cushion.
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