UNI subdues Sycarmores; Drake dropped by Bears

CEDAR FALLS – Wes Washpun scored 16 points and Matt Bohannon tallied 14 points to lead Northern Iowa in convincing fashion past Indiana State 66-44 Wednesday night.

Northern Iowa (18-12, 10-7) forced a tie for fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference with Southern Illinois (10-7), which lost 73-50 to Illinois State Wednesday night.

Khristian Smith’s early 3 gave the Sycamores its last lead of the game at 8-7. From there Northern Iowa seized control and went on a 21-7 run. Washpun’s two free throws made it 28-14, and the Panthers proceeded to take a 34-19 lead at the break.

A Bohannon 3 in the second half put Northern Iowa up 45-21 with 16:52 remaining. A Klint Carlson layup made the lead 60-30 with 8:47 to go.

Brenton Scott was the only player in double digits in scoring for Indiana State (13-16, 7-10) with 12.

Missouri State downs Drake 61-52

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Camyn Boone scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds as Missouri State downed Drake 61-52 on Wednesday night.

Jarred Dixon and Chris Kendrix added 10 points apiece for the Bears (12-17, 8-9 Missouri Valley Conference). Dixon led the team with 10 rebounds. The Bears hit 34.5 percent from the field overall and 83.3 percent from the line.

Drake led 29-27 at the break and stretched it to 35-29 early in the second half. Missouri State responded with a 14-3 run capped by an Obediah Church dunk to put the Bears on top 43-38 with 10:01 to play. They led the rest of the way, and a Boone dunk followed by a Dequan Miller 3-pointer extended their lead to 59-47 with 1:33 remaining.

Ore Arogundade scored 16 points with eight rebounds and Dominik Olejniczak added 12 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (6-23, 1-16) who have lost seven straight.