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Northern Iowa vs Illinois State

Illinois St. 65, N. Iowa 61

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Jackie Carmichael had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Illinois State withstood Northern Iowa's late 12-0 run and prevailed 65-61 in a Missouri Valley opener Thursday night.

Jon Ekey also had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Redbirds (9-3), who won their fourth straight. Nic Moore added 13 points and Anthony Cousin 11.

Anthony James led the Panthers (10-3) with 21 points but shot only 9 of 25. Chip Rank added 11 for Northern Iowa, which has lost two in a row.

Carmichael and Ekey scored six points apiece as Illinois State opened the second half with a 12-2 run for a 40-30 edge with 14:35 to go.

Moore's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 59-46 with 5:57 left

Northern Iowa came back furiously, running off 12 straight points to get within 59-58 with 1:56 left. But Cousin hit six straight free throws to help seal it.

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Scoreboard
Northern Iowa (10-3)283361
Illinois State (9-3) «283765
 
Northern Iowa Panthers
J. Koch, F310-40-06500
S. Tuttle, F242-42-27226
J. Moran, G313-100-02216
A. James, G309-250-030421
D. Mitchell, G101-40-00002
M. Sonnen293-70-02148
M. Morrison191-20-00203
C. Rank184-70-050411
A. Pehl82-40-02024
Totals 25-672-230121761
 37.3%100% 
Illinois State Redbirds
J. Ekey, F364-60-0133111
J. Carmichael, F359-161-4102319
A. Cousin, G322-45-642211
J. Wilkins, G322-93-44017
N. Moore, G285-91-224313
T. Brown181-20-00202
J. Hill71-10-00002
Z. Upshaw60-00-01000
J. Threloff40-00-00110
B. Allen20-00-01000
Totals 24-4710-1638141165
 51.1%62.5% 
Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Wichita St.18-035-1
Indiana St.12-623-11
N. Iowa10-816-15
Missouri St.9-920-13
Illinois St.9-918-16
So. Illinois9-914-19
Bradley7-1112-20
Drake6-1215-16
Evansville6-1214-19
Loyola-Chi.4-1410-22
 
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