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UNI secures #3 MVC seed with 80-72 win over Illinois State

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Anthony James scored 19 points as UNI overcame an 11 point first half deficit to defeat Illinois State 80-72 on Saturday night.  The win secured the #3 seed for the Panthers in this week's Missouri Valley tournament.

Illinois State started the game off strong leading UNI 19-8 early in the first half.  UNI outscored the Redbirds 31-13 to lead 39-32 at the half.

Marc Sonnen powered the Panthers in the second half.  Sonnen hit 5 of his 6 three pointers in the final 20 minutes.  The senior finished with 18 points in the game.

UNI will meet Illinois State in the MVC quarterfinals Friday night at 8:35 PM.

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