Wichita State Rallies to Beat Northern Iowa 71-68

Wichita State's Carl Hall, left, and Northern Iowa's Jake Koch, right, go up for a rebound in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Wichita State won 71-68. (AP Photo/The Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)

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By James Steward

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Toure' Murry scored 24 points, including a layup with 1:21 to play that gave Wichita State the lead for good, in a back-and-forth 71-68 victory Wednesday over Northern Iowa.

Murry added a jumper with 12 seconds left for the final margin. Northern Iowa's Marc Sonnen's game-tying 3-point attempt in the closing seconds was off the mark.

Garrett Stutz added 17 points and Joe Ragland 13 for the Shockers (16-3, 7-1 Missouri Valley).

Anthony James led the Panthers (13-7, 3-5) with 16 points, and Seth Tuttle had 15.

Northern Iowa led by as many as eight in the second half and by five, 64-59, after a Jake Koch jumper with 4:20 to play. But a Murry jumper, a Carl Hall layup and two Murry free throws put the Shockers up 65-64. Deon Mitchell's two free throws gave UNI the lead back before Murry's layup, and Ragland added two big free throws.

WICHITA ST. (16-3)

Ragland 3-6 4-4 13, Williams 0-1 2-2 2, Hall 5-10 1-2 11, Murry 8-10 6-6 24, Stutz 6-10 5-6 17, Smith 0-5 1-2 1, Orukpe 0-0 0-0 0, Kyles 1-5 0-0 2, Cotton 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 23-48 20-24 71.

N. IOWA (13-7)

Tuttle 6-6 3-3 15, Moran 1-3 0-0 2, Koch 4-10 0-0 10, Sonnen 4-10 3-4 13, James 6-14 3-4 16, Mitchell 1-4 3-5 5, Rank 0-1 0-0 0, Morrison 3-3 0-0 7, Martino 0-1 0-0 0, Pehl 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 12-16 68.

Halftime_Wichita St. 32-30. 3-Point Goals_Wichita St. 5-19 (Ragland 3-5, Murry 2-3, Cotton 0-1, Stutz 0-1, Williams 0-1, Kyles 0-3, Smith 0-5), N. Iowa 6-20 (Sonnen 2-6, Koch 2-7, Morrison 1-1, James 1-4, Rank 0-1, Moran 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Wichita St. 29 (Stutz 9), N. Iowa 29 (James 5). Assists_Wichita St. 8 (Kyles, Stutz, Williams 2), N. Iowa 12 (Koch 5). Total Fouls_Wichita St. 20, N. Iowa 17. A_4,690.
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