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UNI edges Illinois State 46-44

NORMAL, ILLINOIS (KWWL)-- The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team picked up its first road win of the Missouri Valley Conference season with a 46-44 victory over the Illinois State Redbirds.

UNI (12-6 overall, 3-3 MVC) used a 9-2 run in the final 6:08 of the game to come back for the two-point victory. Illinois State (8-9 overall, 0-6MVC) led 42-37 following a jumper from Austin Hill with 6:08 on the clock. But UNI's Anthony James hit a jumper with 5:26 on the clock to cut it to three and then Jake Koch buried a 3-pointer to knot the game at 42-42 with 4:35 remaining.

James then hit two more baskets at the 3:32 mark and the 2:30 mark to finish the scoring for the Panthers. UNI held Illinois State scoreless over the final 3:06 after the Redbirds' Jackie Carmichael hit a jumper from the left baseline.

UNI had a chance to ice the game with 10.8 seconds left but James missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give Illinois State one more shot at the win. Fortunately for the Panthers, Anthony Cousin's 3-pointer bounced off the rim and Lucas O'Rear snared the rebound to clinch the triumph.

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