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N. Iowa 59, Illinois St. 55

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.