Moran scores 20, Northern Iowa pounds Drake 81-59

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Johnny Moran scored 20 points and Northern Iowa trounced Drake 81-59 Saturday to take over sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Kwadzo (ka-JOH) Ahelegbe added 16 points for the Panthers, who won their sixth straight and snapped a four-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.

It was perhaps the best performance yet for the surging Panthers (12-6, 6-1). They raced ahead 46-19 late in the first half, then started the second half with an 18-3 run to take their largest lead, 65-28.

Northern Iowa shot 51.7 percent from the floor and had 17 assists against just four turnovers.

Josh Parker scored a season-high 25 points to lead Drake (13-6, 4-3), which had won 10 straight over Division I opponents from Iowa. Bulldogs star Josh Young was held to just 3 points.

Bradley will pull even with the Panthers atop the Valley if it beats Southern Illinois Sunday.

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 Top Performers
 Northern Iowa
Johnny Moran Johnny Moran
7-17,  20 Pts
3 Rebs, 5 Assists
 Drake
Josh Parker Josh Parker
10-17,  25 Pts
3 Rebs, 4 Assists

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