Northern Iowa Cruises Past Illinois State 78-63

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By James Steward

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Johnny Moran added 16 points — including four 3-pointers — and Northern Iowa rolled to a 78-63 victory over Illinois State on Saturday night.

Marc Sonnen chipped in 12 points and Chip Rank had 10 for the Panthers (17-10, 7-8 Missouri Valley), who rode their hot long-range shooting to the win. Northern Iowa was 12 of 21 from 3-point range but just 13 of 29 from inside the arc.

Bryant Allen led Illinois State (18-10, 8-7) with 17 points, and Jackie Carmichael had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Carmichael was coming off an 18-point, 20-rebound performance in his last game.

Northern Iowa shot 54 percent from the field, including 8 of 11 on 3-pointers, in the first half and took a 40-34 lead into halftime. The Panthers cruised from there.

The loss denied ISU's Tim Jankovich his 100th victory as Redbirds coach.

ILLINOIS ST. (16-10)

Brown 2-6 0-0 4, Moore 3-8 0-0 7, Wilkins 2-3 0-0 4, Ekey 3-6 2-3 9, Carmichael 6-12 2-5 14, Allen 6-13 0-0 17, Blue 2-4 0-0 6, Clark 0-1 0-0 0, Upshaw 1-2 0-0 2, Threloff 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-55 4-8 63.

N. IOWA (17-10)

Mitchell 3-6 2-3 9, Tuttle 6-10 4-5 17, Moran 5-9 2-5 16, Koch 2-5 0-0 6, Sonnen 3-6 4-4 12, Rank 2-4 4-4 10, Morrison 0-0 0-0 0, Martino 0-0 0-0 0, Pehl 1-1 0-0 2, Lange 0-0 0-0 0, James 3-9 0-0 6. Totals 25-50 16-21 78.

Halftime_N. Iowa 40-34. 3-Point Goals_Illinois St. 9-26 (Allen 5-9, Blue 2-3, Ekey 1-3, Moore 1-5, Upshaw 0-1, Wilkins 0-1, Clark 0-1, Brown 0-3), N. Iowa 12-21 (Moran 4-6, Koch 2-3, Sonnen 2-4, Rank 2-4, Mitchell 1-1, Tuttle 1-1, James 0-2). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Illinois St. 28 (Carmichael 13), N. Iowa 34 (Tuttle 11). Assists_Illinois St. 10 (Moore 5), N. Iowa 18 (Sonnen 6). Total Fouls_Illinois St. 17, N. Iowa 12. A_5,323.
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