Northern Illinois University leads Eastern Michigan University, 29-23, at the half in the first-round game of the men’s Mid-American Conference Tournament at the Convocation Center.

EMU was limited to 25 percent shooting in the first (5-for-20), while NIU has hit 48 percent of its shots (12-for-25), most of those coming in the paint (14).

Xavier Silas leads Northern Illinois (10-19, 6-10) with 11 points.

The Eagles (16-14, 8-8) went through a 9:47 stretch where they didn’t make a field goal, scoring nearly all of their points in the half via the free-throw line (11-for-19).

Brandon Bowdry leads EMU with 11 points and four rebounds.