DEKALB, Illinois — Travon Baker hit six 3-pointers and scored 21 points and Northern Illinois continued its best start in 15 years with a 58-49 win over Toledo on Friday night.
Aaric Armstead and Levi Bradley added 12 points for the Huskies (16-3, 5-1 Mid-American), who have their best start to a season since the 1990-91 team went 17-2.
Nathan Boothe had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets (12-7, 3-3).
Baker had four 3s and 12 points in the first half when the Huskies erased a nine-point deficit to take a 29-27 lead.
Toledo never caught the Huskies in the second half. A 3-pointer by Bradley put NIU up by nine with 12:52 to play but Jaelan Sanford and Boothe had 3s as the Rockets quickly got it back to two. Back-to-back 3s by Baker pushed the lead to 49-38 with 4:37 left and the Huskies hit 7 of 8 free throws to secure the win.