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Roberts 19 Rebounds, Brown 22 Points, But UW Falls To NIU

Nov 9, 2021

SEATTLE (AP) -- Trendon Hankerson made six 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 28 points, and Northern Illinois was a winner in coach Rashon Burno's debut stunning Washington 71-64 on Tuesday night.

Northern Illinois (1-0) built a 16-point first half lead, watched Washington (0-1) chip away and take a 52-51 advantage with 5:26 remaining but pulled away late.

Terrell Brown Jr. led Washington with 22 points and Nate Roberts had 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Roberts took over on the interior for stretches of the second half before fouling out.

Washington shot 26.7% from the field, was 3 of 18 on 3s and was 21 of 36 at the free-throw line.

Hopkins was upset with Washington's effort early as Northern Illinois built a big lead.

''This is on me. That team played harder than us the first part of the game. They played harder than us and that is unacceptable,'' Hopkins said.

Hankerson's fifth 3-pointer gave Northern Illinois a 54-52 lead and sparked a 13-2 run by the Huskies from the Mid-American Conference. Keshawn Williams added a 3 during the run and Hankerson's sixth make from beyond the arc pushed the lead to 62-54 with 2:45 remaining.

Hankerson made 9 of 15 shots and was 6 of 11 on 3s. 

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