Dominique Buckley scored 13 points on senior night, and the University of Toledo men beat visiting Northern Illinois 70-64.
The win, coupled with Western Michigan's home loss to Ball State, puts the Rockets in a tie with WMU atop the Mid-American Conference West. Both teams have one game remaining Saturday — UT at Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan at home against Central Michigan.
PHOTO GALLERY: UT men defeat NIU
Matt Smith added 16 points and five blocked shots for Toledo (14-13, 9-6). Rian Pearson added 10 points..
NIU (5-23, 3-12) received 14 points from Aksel Bolin. The Huskies played their second game in a row without leading scorer Abdel Nader.