Saturday , Feb , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Missouri State upsets No. 25 Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA (Sports Network) – Nathan Bilyeu scored 19 points and added
nine rebounds to lead Missouri State in an upset over No. 25 Northern Iowa,
66-63, at UNI-Dome.

Dale Lamberth netted 12 points for the Bears, who prevented Northern Iowa from
overtaking first place in the conference. Drew Richards posted career highs of
10 points and nine rebounds for Missouri State (16-7, 9-6 Missouri Valley
Conference). Blake Ahearn added 10 points.

John Little scored a career-high 19 points for the Panthers (21-5, 11-4),
while Grant Stout and Ben Jacobson scored 11 apiece for Northern Iowa, which
had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Little drained a three with 1:03 left in the second half to pull Northern Iowa
within three, 64-61. Missouri State won a jump ball under the Northern Iowa
basket with 29.3 seconds left. Jacobson stole a pass with 22.9 seconds,
however, and was immediately fouled. He hit the pair of foul shots to cut the
deficit to 64-63.

Ahearn threw the ball out of bounds with 18.6 seconds remaining to give
Northern Iowa a chance, but Jacobson missed a three from the top of the key
with 6.7 seconds left.

Bilyeu was fouled with four seconds on the clock and converted both free
throws for a 66-63 lead. Shane Laurie intercepted the inbound pass and was
fouled with 1.6 seconds on the clock. He missed both attempts, but the Bears
held on.

Missouri State gained an early advantage with a 31-27 halftime lead.

Missouri State is now 6-5 on the road, far inferior to the 10-2 record the
team has posted in front of its home crowd. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, fell to
11-2 at home.

Game Notes

Missouri State holds a 36-14 advantage in the all-time series with Northern
Iowa, but the Panthers have still won five of the last seven meetings…The
Panthers remain tied for first in the conference after MVC co-leader Creighton
lost to Southern Illinois 74-67 on Saturday…Northern Iowa senior guard Erik
Crawford returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a broken bone
in his right foot and scored six points.