N. Iowa 57, Bradley 40

Jordan Eglseder and Marc Sonnen scored 10 points apiece to lead

Northern Iowa to a 57-40 victory over Bradley in the semifinals of

the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Saturday.

The top-seeded Panthers (27-4) advance to the championship game

for the fourth time. They are looking to become the first team to

win back-to-back championships since Creighton in 2002-03.

Adam Koch, the MVC Player of the Year, added seven points and a

team-high six rebounds for Northern Iowa, which is 2-1 in MVC

championship games.

Andrew Warren led fifth-seeded Bradley (16-15) with 12 points.

Sam Maniscalco added 10 points.

Northern Iowa jumped out to a 9-2 lead and never looked back in

winning for the fifth time in the last six games.

Ali Farokhmanesh hit a pair of baskets in the first 34 seconds

to get Northern Iowa off to a 5-0 start.