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N. Iowa 69, Drake 49

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 16 points and Northern Iowa pulled away from Drake early in a 69-49 victory Saturday night.

Johnny Moran and Chip Rank each added 14 points for the Panthers (15-6, 6-3 Missouri Valley), who have won five straight.

Rayvonte Rice and Seth VanDeest both scored 10 points for the Bulldogs (8-12, 3-6), who have lost four in a row to Northern Iowa.

Up 22-16 with 4:10 left until halftime, the Panthers closed the half on a 15-2 run and led by at least 18 the rest of the way. Northern Iowa pushed its lead to 28 in the second half.

The Panthers scored 34 points off Drake's 19 turnovers, and their bench outscored the Bulldogs' 23-8.