- Associated Press - Friday, February 23, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) - Lavone Holland II scored 25 points and Northern Kentucky beat Illinois-Chicago 79-72 on Friday night to move atop the Horizon League standings.

Northern Kentucky (21-8, 14-3 Horizon League) has won seven of its last eight games and pulled ahead of Wright State (13-4), which lost to IUPUI. The Norse travel to IUPUI and the Flames (17-13, 12-5) will host Wright State to conclude the regular season on Sunday.

Holland was 7-of-15 shooting and made 9 of 11 free throws. Carson Williams added 14 points and Jordan Garnett had 10 for Northern Kentucky.

Tai Odiase had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead five in double-figuring scoring for UIC, which has lost two of its last four games.

Tarkus Ferguson had a defensive rebound, forced a turnover and scored with a dunk in a 28-second span that pulled the Flames to 72-68 with 1:04 remaining, but Holland scored NKU’s last seven points to seal it. Ferguson finished with 11 points.

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