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Forum staff reports, Published January 03 2010

Men's basketball: Northern Illinois trumps North Dakota

DEKALB, Ill. – Xavier Silas scored 24 points, including 18 in the second half, to lead Northern Illinois to a 66-45 win over North Dakota on Saturday.

The Huskies (3-8) scored 25 points in the first 10 minutes while holding the Fighting Sioux (2-13) to just four. They went into halftime up 34-11.

Silas was 8-for-13 from the field, including sinking six shots from long distance. Though scoreless, Darion “Jake” Anderson made six assists to tie his season best.

Chris Clausen came off the bench to lead the Fighting Sioux with 16 points while Jordan Allard added eight. North Dakota dropped to 0-5 on the road.

NORTH DAKOTA (2-13): Mertens 1-11 3-8 5, Goodman 0-2 3-4 3, Benter 1-2 0-0 2, Bledsoe 3-7 0-1 7, Mitchell 0-4 2-4 2, Haugen 0-0 0-0 0, Mathison 0-0 0-0 0, Monsebroten 0-0 0-0 0, Allard 2-5 2-2 8, Wilmer 0-2 0-0 0, Clausen 4-6 5-7 16, Archer 1-1 0-0 2, Stockdale 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-40 15-26 45.

N. ILLINOIS (3-8): Fisher 0-2 5-6 5, Fakuade 1-3 5-7 7, DiNunno 2-8 0-1 5, Silas 8-13 2-2 24, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Ervin 0-1 0-0 0, Patton 0-1 0-0 0, Dzepina 0-0 0-0 0, Peaster 0-0 0-0 0, Landers 3-4 0-1 6, Nixon 3-6 0-0 8, Kowal 4-9 0-0 8, Storm 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 22-51 12-17 66.

Halftime – N. Illinois 34-11. 3-Point Goals – North Dakota 6-15 (Clausen 3-4, Allard 2-2, Bledsoe 1-5, Wilmer 0-1, Mitchell 0-3), N. Illinois 10-25 (Silas 6-10, Nixon 2-5, Storm 1-2, DiNunno 1-7, Patton 0-1). Fouled Out – Fakuade. Rebounds – North Dakota 29 (Mertens 6), N. Illinois 35 (Fisher 9). Assists – North Dakota 9 (Allard 3), N. Illinois 18 (Anderson 6). Total Fouls – North Dakota 16, N. Illinois 24. Technicals – Clausen, Mertens, DiNunno, Landers, N. Illinois Bench. A – 1,024.