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Bowling Green defeats Northern Illinois 73-69

Feb 11, 2010 - 2:54 AM BOWLING GREEN, Ohio(AP) -- Scott Thomas scored 26 points and Bowling Green rallied to defeat Northern Illinois 73-69 on Wednesday night.

The Falcons (12-11, 5-6 Mid-American Conference) had 14 turnovers in the first half, compared to just five in the second.

Northern Illinois (8-15, 4-7) led 65-64 with 1:24 to go, and Bowling Green pulled away with seven straight points. Thomas capped the run with two free throws with 18 seconds to give the Falcons a 71-65 lead.

The Huskies used a 15-0 run at the end of the first half to lead 34-25 with 1:22 left, and built a 38-27 lead at the half.

Northern Illinois scored 31 points from its bench in the first half and was limited to 17 in the second.

Otis Polk had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Dee Brown chipped in 14 points for Bowling Green.

Sean Kovan scored 18 points and Michael Patton 17 for the Huskies, who lost their seventh straight.