Scores

Final

Northern Iowa 61

(10-3, 0-1 MVC)

Illinois State 65

(9-3, 1-0 MVC)

    8:05 PM ET, December 29, 2011

    Redbird Arena, Normal, Illinois

    1 2 T
    UNI 28 3361
    ILST 28 3765

    Top Performers

    Northern Iowa: A. James 21 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl

    Illinois St: J. Carmichael 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk

    Illinois St. 65, N. Iowa 61

    Associated Press

    NORMAL, Ill. -- 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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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNI
    ILST
    Points 61 65
    FG Made-Attempted 25-67 (.373) 24-47 (.511)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-28 (.321) 7-14 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 2-2 (1.000) 10-16 (.625)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 13

    2011-12 Season

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