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Northern Illinois-UB game analysis

Game analysis: UB's Zach Filzen heated up at the right time and the Bulls defensive effort against Xavier Silas helped lead the Bulls over Northern Illinois, 63-52

How UB won: Silas scored 20 points but got most of his points from the free-throw line where he was 12 of 13. He connected on only four field goals in 15 attempts and had four turnovers. Filzen was 8 of 15 overall and 5 of 8 from three-point range. He's starting to put the ball on the floor and pull up from mid-range which makes him an even more dangerous threat to score.

Turning point: Northern Illinois was within five points at 42-37 with 13:20 left in the game when UB went on a 13-3 run to put the game away.

Player of the game: Filzen also contributed six rebounds and two steals for the Bulls.

Stat of the game: Zero. The number of steals for Byron Mulkey. First time that's happened all season.

He said it: "We picked a bad time to have a bad game." - Northern Illinois coach Ricardo Patton.

What it means: The Bulls are now 13-6 overall and 5-2 in the MAC

In the house: 2,347 at Alumni Arena

Next up: 7 p.m. Wednesday vs. Toledo at Alumni Arena

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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