UNI uses 25-0 run to hold off Illinois St.

CEDAR FALLS — Isaiah Brown scored 20 points and Bennett Koch scored 11 of his 17 points from the foul line and Northern Iowa beat Illinois State 83-72 on Wednesday night.

Northern Iowa (11-10, 3-6 Missouri Valley Conference) led 15-14 then exploded on a 25-0 run that included six 3-pointers, including three by Brown. Illinois State went scoreless for 9 1/2 minutes and trailed 41-19 at halftime.

Koch made 3 of 4 free throws for a 76-54 lead with 5:12 left before the Redbirds (10-11, 4-5) ended with an 18-7 run to make the score respectable. Illinois State shot 7 of 27 (26 percent) in the first half but turned it around after intermission on 22-of-38 (58 percent) shooting.

Wyatt Lohaus scored 14 for the Panthers and Juwan McClouds had career highs with nine assists and six steals. Northern Iowa has won three of its last four following a seven-game losing streak.

The Redbirds’ Keyshawn Evans made six 3-pointers and scored 25 points. Milik Yarbrough added 20 points and tied his career high with 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.

NORTHERN IOWA 83, ILLINOIS ST. 72

At Cedar Falls

ILLINOIS ST. (10-11, 4-5) — Fayne 5-9 0-2 10, Ndiaye 3-6 0-0 6, Evans 9-17 1-2 25, Tinsley 0-2 0-0 0, Hein 1-5 0-0 2, Bruninga 0-2 0-0 0, Yarbrough 8-17 1-3 20, Williams 3-5 0-0 9, Gassman 0-1 0-0 0, Clarance 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 29-65 2-7 72.

N. IOWA (11-10, 3-6) — Carlson 3-7 0-0 7, Phyfe 3-3 0-0 6, McCloud 3-3 0-3 6, Pickford 2-11 2-3 7, Brown 6-13 3-4 20, Koch 3-4 11-14 17, Friedman 1-2 0-0 3, W.Lohaus 4-7 4-6 14, Rhodes 0-1 0-0 0, Haldeman 1-2 0-0 3. TOTALS 26-53 20-30 83.

Halftime–UNI 41-19. 3-Point Goals–Illinois St. 12-28 (Evans 6-11, Williams 3-3, Yarbrough 3-7, Gassman 0-1, Tinsley 0-1, Bruninga 0-2, Hein 0-3), UNI 11-24 (Brown 5-9, W.Lohaus 2-3, Friedman 1-1, Haldeman 1-2, Pickford 1-3, Carlson 1-5, Rhodes 0-1). Fouled Out–Fayne, Tinsley. Rebounds–Illinois St. 34 (Yarbrough 13), UNI 35 (W.Lohaus 8). Assists–Illinois St. 11 (Yarbrough 5), UNI 18 (McCloud 9). Total Fouls–Illinois St. 24, UNI 13. A–3,762.