EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Wes Washpun made four free throws down the stretch and blocked a shot with three seconds left to secure Northern Iowa's 54-52 win over Evansville on Saturday.
The win assures Northern Iowa (19-12, 11-7), which has won nine of its last ten games, the No. 4 seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Washpun had 14 points, five assists, three steals and three blocks. Klint Carlson added 10 points.
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Northern Iowa held Evansville to just 16 points in the first half; the lowest UNI has held any opponent in the initial half this season.
Evansville, tied for second in the conference, rallied in the second period to close to 53-52 with 13 seconds remaining. Northern Iowa's Jeremy Morgan split a pair of free throws and the Purple Aces missed their last two shots.
D.J. Balentine led Evansville (23-8, 12-6) with 19 points. Egidiju Mockevicius added 14 with 16 rebounds.