Marcus Marshall has 13 first-half points to lead the Bears who led 15-5 in the early going
Feb. 19, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- A late 8-0 run by visiting Northern Iowa has the Panthers leading Missouri State, 30-27, at the intermission at JQH Arena in a key Missouri Valley Conference game for both clubs.
The Bears are firing at a 45.8 percent clip (11-for-24) from the field and own a 13-12 rebounding advantage. Marcus Marshall is 5-for-8 from the field to post a game-high 13 points at the break for the maroon and white club.
MSU jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first four-and-a-half minutes with Marshall scoring six of the Bears' first 15 out of the gates.
UNI responded with a 9-0 run with four different Panthers scoring as part of the visitors' comeback that made it a 15-14 game at the 8:03 mark.
A 3-pointer by Deon Mitchell put UNI up for the first time, 19-17, with 5:51 to go. The Bears responded by retaking the lead twice more with 3-pointers from Marshall and Nathan Scheer. Scheer's trey at the 2:23 point gave MSU a 25-23 lead before the Panthers reeled off the game's next 8 points with Sonnen drilling a pair of long bombs to put UNI up 30-25.
The Bears laughed last with a pair of free throws from Marshall with 4.5 seconds to go to make it a 30-27 game at the break.
MSU is 3-for-8 (.375) from bonus distance and 2-for-2 at the line with 5 turnovers.
UNI is 12-for-23 (.522) fro mthe field, 5-for-13 (.385) from downtown and 1-for-3 (.333) at the line.