Johnson’s double-double leads Bears past Panthers

AP PHOTO • Missouri State’s Jarred Dixon (11) heads to the basket past Northern Iowa’s Jeremy Morgan during the second half of a men’s basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Friday in St. Louis. Missouri State won 70-64.

AP PHOTO • Missouri State’s Jarred Dixon (11) heads to the basket past Northern Iowa’s Jeremy Morgan during the second half of a men’s basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Friday in St. Louis. Missouri State won 70-64.

ST. LOUIS — Alize Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Missouri State to a 70-64 victory over Northern Iowa in a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Friday night.

No. 6 seed Missouri State (17-15) plays second-seeded and No. 21-ranked Wichita State (28-4) in Saturday’s semifinal.

The Bears had a seven-point lead with four minutes left. Bennett Koch made two free throws and Klint Carlson converted a 3-point play to pull Northern Iowa to 59-57. Missouri State turned the ball over on its next possession, and Jordan Ashton then missed a 3 for the Panthers.

Johnson’s free throw made it 60-57. The Panthers then missed another bucket, and the Bears shot 10 of 10 from the line to seal it. Chris Kendrix had 11 points for the Bears. Jarred Dixon added 10 points and made all 10 of his foul shots.

Jeremy Morgan scored 18 points to lead No. 3 seed Northern Iowa (14-16), which has lost four straight.

MISSOURI ST. 70, UNI 64

MISSOURI ST. (17-15) — Church 4-5 0-1 8, Johnson 8-15 3-4 20, J.Rhodes 2-5 0-0 5, Miller 2-10 4-5 9, Dixon 0-3 10-10 10, Martin 0-0 3-4 3, Kendrix 2-6 5-6 11, McCullough 0-0 0-0 0, Kreklow 2-4 0-0 4. TOTALS 20-48 25-30 70.

N. IOWA (14-16) — Carlson 4-12 2-4 10, Koch 4-8 7-9 15, Ashton 0-7 2-4 2, McCloud 0-0 0-0 0, Morgan 7-18 1-1 18, Friedman 0-0 0-0 0, H.Rhodes 3-8 0-0 8, Haldeman 3-8 4-4 11. TOTALS 21-61 16-22 64.

Halftime–Missouri St. 31-29. 3-Point Goals–Missouri St. 5-16 (Kendrix 2-5, Miller 1-3, Johnson 1-3, J.Rhodes 1-4, Kreklow 0-1), UNI 6-28 (Morgan 3-7, H.Rhodes 2-6, Haldeman 1-5, Carlson 0-3, Ashton 0-7). Fouled Out–Koch, Martin. Rebounds–Missouri St. 47 (Johnson 17), UNI 21 (Koch, Morgan 5). Assists–Missouri St. 9 (Miller 3), UNI 8 (Carlson 3). Total Fouls–Missouri St. 21, UNI 22.