Coleman leads Northern Iowa to 54-49 upset of Southern Illinois

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ST. LOUIS (AP)—Eric Coleman scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds while teammate Adam Viet knocked in a season-high 19 points to lead Northern Iowa to a 54-49 upset of Southern Illinois Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

The sixth-seeded Panthers (18-13) advance to play No. 2 Illinois State Saturday in the semifinals.

The third-seeded Salukis (17-14) were led by Matt Shaw’s 22 points and nine rebounds.

The Panthers trailed 46-41 before Coleman led Northern Iowa on a charge, outscoring the Salukis 13-3 down the stretch.

Viet scored 18 of his 19 points from 3-point range, shooting 66 percent (6-for-9) from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Salukis wound up shooting 39 percent from the field (15-for-39), while the Panthers were at 44 percent, including 6-for-12 from 3-point range.

Of Coleman’s 22 points, 14 came from the free throw line, including 11 in the final 7:45 of the game.

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 Northern Iowa
Eric Coleman Eric Coleman
4-8,  22 Pts
10 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Southern Ill.
Matt Shaw Matt Shaw
7-11,  22 Pts
9 Rebs, 2 Assists

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