KENT, Ohio -- — Kaleb Thornton had 17 points as Northern Illinois narrowly beat Kent State 65-63 on Tuesday night.
Trendon Hankerson made a pair of free throws that stretched the Northern Illinois (4-8, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) lead to 65-61 with 14 seconds remaining. Sincere Carry hit a jumper for Kent State with two seconds left to cap the scoring.
Hankerson finished with 14 points. Chinedu Kingsley Okanu added 13 points for the Huskies.
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