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Defense leads UNI to 8th straight victory, 53-51 over Illinois State

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The UNI men shot just 31%, but still survived Illinois State 53-51 thanks to a great defensive effort Wednesday night at the McLeod Center.  The win was the 8th straight for the Panthers who have moved into a tie for 2nd in the MVC standings.

Anthony James led UNI with his first career double-double.  James scored 18, while grabbing 10 rebounds in the victory.  The Panthers out rebounded the Redbirds in the game 37-31.

UNI is now tied with Missouri State in the conference standings.  Both teams sit one game behind league leading Wichita State.

Online reporter: Mark Woodley

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