DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Tucker Haymond scored 15 points and Western Michigan won its seventh consecutive game with a 70-56 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night.

The win keeps the Broncos in a first place tie atop the Mid-American Conference West Division with Ball State with one game remaining.

Thomas Wilder finished with 13 points and Reggie Jones added 12 for Western Michigan (14-15, 10-7), which hit nine 3-pointers and dished out 19 assists on its 26 total field goals.

Marin Maric scored 18 points and grabbed 12 boards for Northern Illinois (15-14, 7-9), which was held to just 39 percent shooting and 22.2 percent from 3-point range.

The Huskies cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 41-39 after a Justin Thomas layup with 15:35 left. But the Broncos immediately answered with an 8-0 run to push their lead back to double figures.

Western Michigan kept the Huskies at arm's length the rest of the night, and a Wilder 3 with 1:01 left put them away.