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#25 UNI survives scare at Missouri State 55-54

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SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI (KWWL) -- The No. 25-ranked University of Northern Iowa men's basketball squad rallied from a four-point deficit in the final 1:23 to claim a 55-54 win at Missouri State on Saturday in JQH Arena.

UNI (19-2 overall, 10-1 MVC) was led by senior Jordan Eglseder's 14 points and senior forward Adam Koch contributed 10 points in the win.

Missouri State (15-7 overall, 5-6 MVC) was led by Adam Leonard's game-high 17 points, on the strength of 4-of-9 shooting from 3-point land.

Missouri State held a 54-50 lead after a put-back basket by Will Creekmore with 1:38 left. UNI's Kwadzo Ahelegbe then drove to the basket on the Panthers' end and was intentionally fouled by MSU's Kyle Weems.

Ahelegbe hit the floor hard and was unable to shoot the free throws so UNI head coach Ben Jacobson was allowed to pick Ali Farokhmanesh to shoot the two free throws. Farokhmanesh hit the first but missed the second to pull UNI to within three points, 54-51. Koch then hit a jumper in the lane to make it 54-53 in favor of MSU.

Eglseder then blocked a Leonard jumper on the Bears' end and Kerwin Dunham scooped up the rebound. He hit Koch on an outlet pass, then Dunham ran the floor and was able to score a layup in transition give the Panthers a one-point lead with 41.6 ticks left.

Missouri State came down with a chance to win the game but Creekmore missed a jumper with 10 seconds, but the ball went out of bounds on the play and the Bears retained possession. On the in-bounds play, Leonard drove toward the basket but was shut off by the Panther defense and his shot was off. Koch grabbed the rebound and tossed an arching pass toward the Panthers' end of the floor and time expired on the play to give UNI a 55-54 road win.

UNI will be back in action Wednesday against Wichita State at 7:07 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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