No. 20 UNI rebounds vs. Indiana State
Kerwin Dunham scored a career-high 14 points, and No. 20 Northern
Iowa bounced back from its first conference loss to beat Indiana
State 67-58 on Sunday.
Jordan Eglseder added 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for the Panthers (17-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley), who lost to Wichita State earlier in the week to end the nation's second-longest winning streak at 15 games.
Dunham hit all four of his first-half attempts, including both of his 3-pointers, as Northern Iowa outscored Indiana State 15-4 in the last 8 minutes to take a 30-19 lead.
Northern Iowa's lead never grew bigger than 14 points in the second half, and Indiana State cut the advantage to 45-39 with 8:13 to go.
Ali Farokhmanesh hit a 3-pointer out of a timeout to stretch the Panthers' lead back to nine, and Egleseder found Ahelegbe Kwadzo for a layup to make it 50-39 with 5:33 to go.
The Panthers wound up shooting 51.1 percent from the field (23 of 45) and were 15 of 19 from the foul line, but balanced the positive production with 14 turnovers.
Adam Koch, one of 12 players in school history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, was held to nine points on only 1 of 7 shooting from the field for Northern Iowa.
Rashad Reed scored 14 points to lead Indiana State (11-9, 3-6), which has lost four straight games. Harry Marshall added 13 points and Brant Leitnaker 10.
It was the second time in eight days the two teams met, with Northern Iowa beating the Sycamores 62-40 in Cedar Falls on Jan. 16. It was also the 11th win in 13 conference road games over the past two seasons for the Panthers; both of the losses were at Wichita State.