Northern Iowa vs Bradley

Braves delay Panthers' march to MVC regular-season title wire reports

PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley finally beat a ranked team at home and it kept No. 19 Northern Iowa from its first outright Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

Andrew Warren scored all 15 of his points in the second half and the Braves rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat the Panthers 68-59 on Saturday.

The win was Bradley's first in nine tries over a ranked opponent since Carver Arena was opened in 1982.

"This is the kind of win we needed right now to give us a push toward the end of the season," Bradley coach Jim Les said. "I'm proud of the way these guys played today."

Chris Roberts scored 13 points for the Braves (13-12, 8-7). Taylor Brown and Will Egolf both had 12 points.

Bradley trailed 32-23 at halftime, but opened the second half with an 11-0 run that gave the Braves a two-point lead with 11:51 to play.

Ali Farokhmanesh had 14 points to lead the Panthers (22-3, 13-2), who shot 19.2 percent (5 of 26) from the field in the second half while Bradley was shooting 56.5 percent.

Northern Iowa finished 6 of 20 from 3-point range, while Bradley was 2 of 11. The Panthers did finish with a 38-27 rebound advantage.

"They were more aggressive than we were coming out in the second half," Panthers coach Ben Jacobson said. "They played great defense to the end, and put incredible pressure on the ball. Even though we've seen this before, today we just couldn't respond."

Jordan Eglseder and Kwadzo Ahelegbe both had 13 points for Northern Iowa.

The Panthers beat Bradley 52-50 in their earlier meeting on Jan. 12, at Northern Iowa.

It was Bradley's second win over ranked opponent this season. The Braves beat then-No. 20 Illinois 72-68 in Las Vegas on Nov. 28.

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Andrew Warren is at the center of the action as the Braves -- and their fans -- rejoice. (AP)
Andrew Warren is at the center of the action as the Braves -- and their fans -- rejoice. (AP)
Northern Iowa #19 (22-3)322759
Bradley (13-12) «234568
NIA:Ali Farokhmanesh 14 Pts
NIA:Jake Koch 7 Reb
NIA:Kwadzo Ahelegbe 3 Ast
BRAD:Andrew Warren 15 Pts
BRAD:Taylor Brown 7 Reb
BRAD:Sam Maniscalco 4 Ast

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BradleyNorthern Iowa
Andrew Warren
Kwadzo Ahelegbe
Northern Iowa Panthers
K. Ahelegbe, G354-64-443213
A. Farokhmanesh, G314-112-211314
A. Koch, F282-82-25256
J. Moran, G270-52-24322
J. Eglseder, C214-115-660113
L. O'Rear, F191-12-26024
K. Dunham, G121-60-01002
J. Koch, F120-20-07310
M. Sonnen, G101-40-01122
A. James, G51-10-00013
B. Haak, GDid Not Play
T. Lange, FDid Not Play
M. Morrison, GDid Not Play
A. Pehl, CDid Not Play
A. Rodenberg, FDid Not Play
Totals 18-5517-1835131959
Bradley Braves
T. Brown, F372-98-870212
S. Maniscalco, G352-54-43428
A. Warren, G354-125-622215
C. Roberts, G346-81-142213
W. Egolf, F-C316-100-040412
D. Simms-Edwards, G172-44-52028
S. Singh, F-C80-00-02020
J. Eastman, G30-00-00000
D. Dunson, GDid Not Play
N. Goertzen, GDid Not Play
M. Knezevic, FDid Not Play
E. McCain, GDid Not Play
R. Phillips, GDid Not Play
J. Prosser, FDid Not Play
A. Thompson, CDid Not Play
C. Woods, GDid Not Play
Totals 22-4822-242481668
Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.17-131-532
Illinois St.17-128-733
So. Illinois9-917-16145
N. Iowa9-914-16162
Missouri St.7-1117-16209
Indiana St.5-1311-20233
Other games
Mich St 65 Final
PSU 54
MD 56 Final
LSU 69 Final
Missouri 62 Final
Baylor 64
Butler 70 Final
PROV 81 Final
Indiana 55 Final
Wisc 83
RI 56 Final
Temple 78
UNLV 58 Final
Nebraska 51 Final
Texas 91
Iowa 40 Final
Purdue 63
AF 48 Final
BYU 91
Colorado 51 Final
K-State 68
Iowa St 59 Final
Kansas 73
GT 64 Final
Wake 75
Tenn 62 Final
Kentucky 73
N Mexico 68 Final
Utah 65
S Diego 65 Final