Aaric Armstead scored 21 points, including the game-winning free throws with 1.7 seconds left, and Northern Illinois edged Akron 80-79 on Saturday.
Josh Williams hit a 3-pointer and the Zips made 3 of 4 free throws to take a 77-75 lead with just under a minute left. Armstread put the Huskies back on top with a 3-point play with 37 seconds remaining.
Marin Maric had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Northern Illinois (17-8, 6-6 MAC), which had 15 offensive rebounds and a 41-34 rebounding advantage. The Huskies had lost five straight. Rockford Auburn alumnus Laytwan Porter contributed 10 points off the NIU bench.