Northern Iowa defeats Illinois State 59-44
NORMAL, Ill. (AP)—Jordan Eglseder scored 16 points to lead Northern Iowa to a 59-44 victory over Illinois State Saturday.
Adam Koch had 15 points and Kwadzo Ahelegbe 13 for the Panthers (14-1, 5-0) in the Missouri Valley Conference game. Eglseder also had a team-high eight rebounds.
Alex Rubin had 13 points to lead the Redbirds (12-4, 3-2) while Dinma Odiakosa had 10 points and 14 rebounds. Osiris Eldridge also had 10 points for Illinois State.
Northern Iowa took the lead for good at 14-13 and, helped by a 9-0 run later in the first half, led 32-20 at intermission.
The Panthers held at least a nine-point lead throughout the second half and led by as many as 19.