N. Illinois defeats Hampton 83-51 to stay perfect at home

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Darrell Bowie scored 22 points - one shy of his career best - and Aaron Armstead added 12 points with a career-high eight steals as Northern Illinois defeated Hampton 83-51 on Monday night.

Bowie hit 6 of 12 from the floor along with 9 of 11 at the foul line as the Huskies (5-5) remained unbeaten in five games at home.

Dwight Meikle led the Pirates (6-7) with 18 points and 15 rebounds, Reginald Johnson adding 10 points. Meikle scored 10 points early as Hampton rallied into a 21-21 tie midway through the opening half. But the Huskies pulled away to halftime on a 25-14 clip, Bowie adding 12 points in the run, and were not threatened again.

Quinton Chievous, a leading scorer for Hampton, was held to five points, all at the foul line, and was forced into six turnovers.

Northern Illinois forced Hampton 25 turnovers, with 16 steals.

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