SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Adam Koch scored 30 points, including 18 of 20 free-throw attempts, to lead Northern Iowa to a 78-69 win over Missouri State on Sunday.
Northern Iowa (14-6, 8-1 Missouri Valley) took the lead for good when it closed the first half with a 12-0 run to go ahead 36-25 at halftime. Koch scored 10 of Northern Iowa's first 12 points in the second half to push the Panthers' lead to 48-35 with 12:32 left.A basket by Wade Knapp with 11:38 left got Missouri State (9-11, 2-7) to within 48-39, but a slam dunk on the next play by Northern Iowa's Jordan Eglseder gave the Panthers' their double-digit lead again.Northern Iowa hit 30 of 36 free throws to 9 of 18 for Missouri State.Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 12 for Northern Iowa. Cardell McFarland led Missouri State with 13 points. Spencer Laurie and Kyle Weems each had 12 and Ryan Jehle added 11.