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BIG FOUR: Green’s 27 leads UNI past Illinois St

CEDAR FALLS — AJ Green had 27 points and surpassed the 1,000-point milestone and Northern Iowa topped Illinois State 71-63 on Wednesday night.

Trae Berhow scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Panthers (22-3, 11-2 Missouri Valley Conference), who earned their sixth straight victory. Austin Phyfe added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Illinois State led 40-33 at the half after a 21-5 run. Northern Iowa broke away from a tie with 12 straight points in the middle of the second half to earn the win.

DJ Horne had 16 points and six rebounds for the Redbirds (8-17, 3-10). Dedric Boyd added 11 points and Keith Fisher III 10.

Illinois State defeated Northern Iowa 76-70 on Dec. 31. Northern Iowa matches up against Loyola of Chicago on the road on Saturday.

Missouri St. 97, Drake 62

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Keandre Cook had 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Missouri State beat Drake 97-62 on Wednesday night.

Missouri State led 24-19 midway through the first half and erupted for 28 points in the final 8:48 to go up 52-30 at intermission. The Bears were 11-of-17 shooting from 3-point range in just the first half. They finished 14 of 25 overall from beyond the arc.

Lamont West and Gaige Prim scored 15 points each for Missouri State (12-14, 6-7 Missouri Valley Conference).

The 97 points were a season best for Missouri State. The Bears have won two of three after a three-game losing streak.

Noah Thomas had 14 points for the Bulldogs (16-10, 6-7), D.J. Wilkins score 13 and Jonah Jackson 10. The Bulldogs are 1-4 in the their last five.

WOMEN

Iowa St. 69, Texas 51

AUSTIN, Texas — Iowa State’s Ashley Joens and Kristin Scott both cashed in on 20-point performances as the Cyclones (15-8, 7-5 Big 12) went on the road and routed Texas (15-8, 7-4).

The Cyclones’ 18-point victory over the Longhorns marks the largest victory over Texas since 2001.

Joens finished with a game-high 23 points, going 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. She also had a team-high nine rebounds. Scott tallied 20 points and seven boards, and Rae Johnson chipped in with 10 points.

Carli Collier had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas.

WOMEN

Iowa St. 69, Texas 51

At Austin, Texas

IOWA ST. (15-8) — Scott 7-11 5-6 20, Camber 1-3 0-0 2, Espenmiller-McGraw 0-2 0-0 0, Joens 6-18 9-11 23, Johnson 2-5 4-6 10, Kane 0-0 0-0 0, Nezerwa 1-2 0-0 2, Frederick 0-0 0-0 0, Thurmon 3-4 3-4 9, Washington 0-0 0-0 0, Wise 1-5 0-0 3, Team 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 21-50 21-27 69

TEXAS (15-8) — Collier 7-17 2-3 17, Holmes 3-13 0-0 6, Sutton 4-10 0-2 8, Taylor 1-10 1-2 4, Underwood 2-4 0-0 5, Allen-Taylor 3-8 0-0 8, Higgs 1-12 0-0 2, Palmer 0-4 1-2 1, Routt 0-0 0-0 0, Warren 0-0 0-0 0, Team 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 21-78 4-9 51

Iowa St. 15 15 20 19 — 69

Texas 12 9 13 17 — 51

3-Point Goals–Iowa St. 6-21 (Scott 1-5, Camber 0-2, Joens 2-6, Johnson 2-5, Wise 1-3), Texas 5-31 (Collier 1-3, Sutton 0-4, Taylor 1-7, Underwood 1-2, Allen-Taylor 2-7, Higgs 0-5, Palmer 0-3). Assists–Iowa St. 15 (Wise 3), Texas 12 (Allen-Taylor 4). Fouled Out–Texas Taylor. Rebounds–Iowa St. 42 ( 3-6), Texas 43 (Holmes 4-9). Total Fouls–Iowa St. 13, Texas 25. A–2,886.

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MEN

Missouri St. 97, Drake 62

At Springfield, Mo.

DRAKE (16-10) — Robbins 3-9 1-3 7, Jackson 3-7 1-1 10, A.Murphy 1-3 2-2 4, Penn 1-4 3-4 5, Wilkins 4-12 3-5 13, Thomas 6-10 0-0 14, Sturtz 2-2 1-2 6, Pilipovic 0-1 0-0 0, Ernst 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 1-2 0-0 3, Barrett 0-0 0-0 0, Gholson 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 21-51 11-17 62.

MISSOURI ST. (12-14) — Da Silva 2-7 2-2 6, Prim 6-9 3-3 15, Black 3-5 0-0 8, Owens 1-2 0-0 3, Hall 4-7 4-6 14, Cook 7-10 0-0 19, West 5-11 2-2 15, Mosley 5-11 1-1 12, Scott 2-3 1-4 5, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 35-66 13-18 97.

Halftime–Missouri St. 52-30. 3-Point Goals–Drake 9-22 (Jackson 3-6, Thomas 2-3, Wilkins 2-7, Sturtz 1-1, Jones 1-2, A.Murphy 0-1, Penn 0-1, Pilipovic 0-1), Missouri St. 14-25 (Cook 5-6, West 3-6, Black 2-4, Hall 2-5, Owens 1-1, Mosley 1-3). Rebounds–Drake 23 (Robbins, A.Murphy 5), Missouri St. 33 (West 7). Assists–Drake 11 (Thomas 4), Missouri St. 13 (Owens 4). Total Fouls–Drake 16, Missouri St. 19. A–3,185 (11,000).

UNI 71, Illinois St. 63

At Cedar Falls

ILLINOIS ST. (8-17) — Fisher 5-11 0-0 10, Ndiaye 0-0 0-0 0, Copeland 3-14 0-0 9, Hillsman 2-6 0-0 5, Horne 6-13 0-0 16, Reeves 3-7 0-0 7, Boyd 4-6 0-0 11, Bruninga 1-2 0-0 3, Donnelly 0-1 0-0 0, Idowu 1-2 0-0 2. TOTALS 25-62 0-0 63.

N. IOWA (22-3) — Phyfe 6-9 0-0 12, Berhow 5-9 4-4 17, Brown 2-9 0-0 4, Green 10-18 2-2 27, Haldeman 2-6 0-0 6, Pickford 2-4 0-0 5, Dahl 0-1 0-0 0, Kimmons 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 27-56 6-6 71.

Halftime–UNI 40-33. 3-Point Goals–Illinois St. 13-32 (Horne 4-9, Boyd 3-5, Copeland 3-7, Bruninga 1-2, Hillsman 1-4, Reeves 1-4, Fisher 0-1), UNI 11-25 (Green 5-9, Berhow 3-7, Haldeman 2-5, Pickford 1-1, Brown 0-3). Rebounds–Illinois St. 25 (Horne 6), UNI 30 (Berhow 11). Assists–Illinois St. 13 (Fisher, Hillsman 3), UNI 13 (Green 5). Total Fouls–Illinois St. 12, UNI 5. A–4,477 (6,650).

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