Feb. 5, 2013
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Missouri State has executed a near-perfect defensive game plan through the first 20 minutes in Cedar Falls, but home standing Northern Iowa has benefited from a pair of unusual technical fouls to push ahead 20-19 at the intermission.
MSU, which is looking for its second road win of the season, has had an answer for every UNI rally, leading by as many as five points after Dorrian Williams knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers over the span of two minutes, 25 seconds. Williams' second trey of the half gave the Bears a 17-13 lead with 3:24 to go.
UNI responded with a trey of its own with Matt Bohannon drilling a long-range shot with 2:32 on the clock to bring UNI back within one.
On its next possession, MSU ran an alley-oop play for Drew Wilson who missed the dunk but was whistled for hanging on the rim too long in effort to protect himself. Anthony James knocked down both subsequent penalty free throws to give the Panthers their first lead of the night, 18-17.
Forty-five seconds later, the Bears got the ball to Wilson on the low blocks again. This time, he forced through a one-handed jam to give the lead back to the visitors. But, the officials whistled him for his second technical foul for taunting, sending James back to the line for two more free throws.
The Bears failed to score on their final possession of the half and finished 8-for-27 (.296) from the field and 3-of-12 (.250) from long range with no free throw attempts. Thanks to Wilson's 6 rebounds, the Bears have a 19-16 rebounding edge and have just 4 turnovers.
Anthony Downing's 7 points leads all scorers.
UNI is 6-for-21 (.286) from the field, 2-for-10 (.200) from downtown and 6-of-8 (.750) at the line, also with 4 turnovers.