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|#25 UNI Beats ISU
|CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Northern Iowa center Jordan Eglseder returned from a three-game suspension to score 13 points, and No. 25 Northern Iowa beat Illinois State 61-55 on Saturday night to complete its first unbeaten season at home in 46 years.
Adam Koch added 12 points and a key late block for the Panthers (25-4, 15-3 Missouri Valley), who also reached the 25-win mark for the first time.
Illinois State's Lloyd Phillips and Osiris Eldridge hit 3-pointers to pull the Redbirds (21-9, 11-7) within 58-55 with 34.4 seconds left. But Koch swatted Dinma Odiakosa's layup try and Johnny Moran hit a pair of free throws with 7 seconds left to help the Panthers hang on.
Eldridge had 14 points for Illinois State, which lost for the first time in seven games. The Redbirds will be the third seed in next week's Missouri Valley tournament.
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