A 14-2 run by Northern Iowa late in the second half powered the homestanding Panthers to an 84-76 victory over Missouri State on Sunday afternoon in Missouri Valley Conference play.
A driving layup by Justin Fuehrmeyer with 7:58 to play put the Bears (12-2, 2-1) up 61-57 in a game with 16 lead changes and 11 ties. But, UNI locked up its 10th straight win with a powerful run that included key three-point baskets by Ali Farokhmanesh and Johnny Moran during the 14-2 run that put the Panthers up 71-63 with 4:04 to play.
MSU made a late run in the final two minutes, cutting a 76-65 deficit to 76-70 after a hook shot by Will Creekmore and three-pointer from the top of the key by Kyle Weems with 1:45 to play in the game, but a charging call and solid free throw shooting down the stretch by UNI (12-1, 3-0) sealed the win.
UNI was 19-for-21 (.905) at the free throw line for the game, including 12-for-12 down the stretch. Jordan Eglseder scored 22 points and snagged 13 rebounds, both game highs, to lead UNI, while Adam Koch added 18 on five three-pointers.
The Bears had four players in double figures, including 13 by Jermaine Mallett who was 4-of-5 from the field, while Leonard and Creekmore scored 12. Kyle Weems added 11 for MSU to go with nine rebounds, while Nafis Ricks and Caleb Patterson each contributed 8 points for the Bears.
The Bears return to JQH Arena on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. to take on the Wichita State Shockers in MVC action.
Story courtesy of Missouri State Athletics.