Northern Indiana took its first lead with 3:21 left in the game and held it the rest of the way. The Lake Hawks hurt their own cause with 24 turnovers.
“These are the games that show our lack of maturity on the court,” said Lake Hawks Coach Ron Jenkins. “We have three players missing that I can’t wait to get back into the rotation.”
Marquis Brewer paced West Michigan with 28 points, followed by Xavier Keeling with 22 and Xavier Fletcher and Ralph Monday with 21 apiece.
Monday added 11 rebounds and five assists, Xavier Keeling had 10 rebounds and seven assists while Deontae Hudson had 10 rebounds and five assists.