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Final

Illinois State 55

(17-4, 6-4 MVC)

Northern Iowa 59

(15-6, 9-1 MVC)

    8:05 PM ET, January 28, 2009

    McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa

    1 2 T
    ILST 32 2355
    UNI 32 2759

    Top Performers

    Illinois St: L. Phillips 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Northern Iowa: L. O'Rear 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    N. Iowa 59, Illinois St. 55

    Associated Press

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Northern Iowa got 17 points from Ali Farohkmanesh and three late free throws by Kwadzo Ahelegbe to beat Illinois State 59-55 Wednesday for its ninth straight victory.

    The Missouri Valley Conference-leading Panthers (15-6, 9-1) last won nine games in a row during the 1963-64 season when they were in Division II.

    Ahelegbe finished with 13 points. He had two clutch free throws after Illinois State (17-4, 6-4) closed within 56-55 on a 3-pointer by Champ Oguchi with 19 seconds left and added another free throw with one second to play.

    The game was tied for the last time at 46 with 7:30 remaining. The Panthers went up 53-48 and never trailed again.

    Oguchi had a team-high 11 points and Lloyd Phillips and Dinma Odiakosa added 10 each for the Redbirds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ILST
    UNI
    Points 55 59
    FG Made-Attempted 24-53 (.453) 21-51 (.412)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 8-19 (.421)
    FT Made-Attempted 2-7 (.286) 9-16 (.563)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 10 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 5

    2008-09 Season

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