Northern Iowa Loses 54-42 to Illinois State in MVC Tournament

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By James Steward

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jackie Carmichael's 12th double-double of the season led Illinois State to a 54-42 victory over Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Friday.

Carmichael had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Redbirds (19-12), who will face No. 15 and top-seeded Wichita State (27-4) in the semifinals Saturday. Carmichael also blocked five shots.

Johnny Moran hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points to pace the fifth-seeded Panthers (19-13), who were outrebounded 48-33.

Illinois State shot only 34.5 percent (20 of 58), but Northern Iowa was limited to 25.5 percent (14 of 55).

The Redbirds used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to seal the game. After Moran had put the Panthers ahead 31-29, Illinois State scored nine in a row for a 38-31 lead with 9:17 left.

Northern Iowa got no closer than three after that.

N. IOWA (19-13)

Mitchell 0-3 2-2 2, Tuttle 1-4 0-0 2, Moran 5-13 0-0 13, Koch 3-11 2-4 9, Sonnen 2-7 0-0 6, Rank 2-5 1-2 6, Singleton 0-0 0-0 0, Morrison 0-3 0-0 0, Martino 0-0 0-0 0, Pehl 0-0 2-2 2, Lange 0-0 0-0 0, James 1-9 0-0 2. Totals 14-55 7-10 42.

ILLINOIS ST. (19-12)

Brown 3-10 1-2 7, Moore 2-7 4-4 8, Wilkins 3-5 0-0 6, Ekey 2-7 0-0 4, Carmichael 5-11 6-7 16, Allen 3-11 0-0 8, Clark 0-2 0-0 0, Cousin 2-4 0-0 5, Upshaw 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 11-13 54.

Halftime_N. Iowa 25-21. 3-Point Goals_N. Iowa 7-23 (Moran 3-7, Sonnen 2-6, Rank 1-3, Koch 1-5, James 0-2), Illinois St. 3-20 (Allen 2-8, Cousin 1-1, Wilkins 0-1, Upshaw 0-1, Ekey 0-2, Moore 0-2, Clark 0-2, Brown 0-3). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_N. Iowa 33 (Koch 8), Illinois St. 48 (Carmichael 15). Assists_N. Iowa 11 (Koch, Mitchell 3), Illinois St. 6 (Carmichael 2). Total Fouls_N. Iowa 14, Illinois St. 13. A_11,348.
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