DEKALB, Ill. -- Mitch Albers had 26 points, including five free throws in the final 46 seconds, and Nebraska-Omaha got its first win on the road Saturday, beating Northern Illinois 77-72 in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Albers was 7 of 11 from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-pointers. John Karhoff added 21 points and Caleb Steffensmeier scored 11 for the Mavericks (3-5), who improved to 1-4 away from home. Alex Welhouse pulled down 12 rebounds.
Northern Illinois trailed for most of the second half, but pulled within 70-67 on a Toler layup with 2:49 to play. But the Huskies didn't score again until Antone Christian made a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left. By then, free throws by Albers and Steffensmeier had essentially sealed the game for the Mavericks.