SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kerwin Dunham's basket with 40 seconds left lifted Northern Iowa (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) to a 55-54 win over Missouri State Saturday.
Northern Iowa (19-2, 10-1 Missouri Valley) trailed 54-50 with 1:38 left.
The conference-leading Panthers led by as many as seven with 10:57 left but Missouri State (15-7, 5-6), which was 11-1 at home going into Saturday's game, rallied on back-to-back 3-pointers by Adam Leonard and tied the game at 50 on Leonard's third 3 of the half with 4:20 left.
Baskets by Leonard and Will Creekmore gave Missouri State its 54-50 lead before Northern Iowa's comeback, which started when Ali Farokhmanesh made a free throw with 1:23 left. Adam Koch, who scored 10 points, made a jumper with 1:17 to go.
Jordan Eglseder led Northern Iowa with 14 points. Leonard led Missouri State with 17.