NIU Cruises Past LIU in Palms Division Third-Place Game
Keshawn Williams dropped 28 points as Northern Illinois clinched third place in the Palms Division of the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off in dominating fashion, winning 86-61 over Long Island University on Wednesday afternoon.
Williams was all over the stat sheet, registering four rebounds and four assists and making four 3-pointers. David Coit scored 17, Zarique Nutter scored 10, and Oluwasegun Durosinmi hauled in 11 rebounds alongside seven points for NIU.
The Huskies jumped out to a 13-3 lead over the game’s first seven minutes and never looked back. NIU shot 59 percent from the field and made eight 3-pointers in the opening period, taking a 50-27 lead into halftime.
Four players contributed double-digit points for LIU, led by R.J. Greene’s 14. Marko Maletic and Quion Burns had 12 points apiece and Jacob Johnson added 11.
Northern Illinois continues its season on Saturday at Northern Iowa, and LIU travels to St. John’s for a road matchup on Tuesday.