N. Iowa 61, S. Illinois 49

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jordan Eglseder had 17 points and 14 rebounds Wednesday night to help Northern Iowa to a 61-49 victory over Southern Illinois.

Adam Koch and Johnny Moran each added 11 points for the Panthers (13-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley), who never trailed and led by as many as 25 points midway through the second half.

Tony Freeman, with 13 points, was the only player in double figures for the Salukis (9-4, 2-2).

Northern Iowa scored the game's first nine points, made 50 percent of its shots in the first half in building a 36-20 halftime lead. The Panthers slumped to 26 percent in the second half to finish at 39 percent, and made just six field goals after halftime, but went 10-for-14 from the free-throw line after the break.

Southern Illinois shot 35 percent for the game, and trailed by double digits for all but the game's first five minutes.