Northern Iowa vs Illinois State

Illinois St. 65, N. Iowa 61


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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Northern Iowa (10-3)283361
Illinois State (9-3) «283765

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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
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
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
HARV 67 Final
BC 46
ELON 62 Final
NC 100
Florida 83 Final
RUT 85
PSU 53 Final
Michigan 71
HOW 34 Final
Kansas 89
VANDY 74 Final
MU 57