Northern Iowa vs Illinois State

Illinois St. advances to MVC semifinals wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Jackie Carmichael's 12th double-double of the season led Illinois State to a 54-42 victory over Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Friday.

Carmichael had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Redbirds (19-12), who will face No. 15 and top-seeded Wichita State (27-4) in the semifinals Saturday. Carmichael also blocked five shots.

Johnny Moran hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points to pace the fifth-seeded Panthers (19-13), who were outrebounded 48-33.

Illinois State shot only 34.5 percent (20 of 58), but Northern Iowa was limited to 25.5 percent (14 of 55).

The Redbirds used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to seal the game. After Moran had put the Panthers ahead 31-29, Illinois State scored nine in a row for a 38-31 lead with 9:17 left.

Northern Iowa got no closer than three after that.

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Northern Iowa Panthers
J. Koch, F333-112-48309
S. Tuttle, F161-40-05132
J. Moran, G345-130-041213
M. Sonnen, G332-70-02136
D. Mitchell, G200-32-21302
A. James271-90-06012
C. Rank232-51-22246
A. Pehl80-02-23002
M. Morrison60-30-00010
T. Lange00-00-00000
M. Martino00-00-00000
M. Singleton00-00-00000
Totals 14-557-1033111442
Illinois State Redbirds
J. Carmichael, F355-116-7152216
J. Ekey, F242-70-03134
T. Brown, G313-101-25107
N. Moore, G292-74-46128
J. Wilkins, G153-50-04046
B. Allen343-110-04118
A. Cousin222-40-02005
Z. Upshaw70-10-01010
D. Clark30-20-00000
Totals 20-5811-134861354
Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.17-130-517
N. Iowa16-231-414
Illinois St.11-722-1362
Indiana St.11-715-16190
Missouri St.5-1311-20247
So. Illinois4-1412-21278
Other games
Indiana St 48 Final
Wich St 72
PROV 69 Final
ND 75
TNTC 58 Final
Drake 61 Final