Swmissouri 37
Niowa 48
Date of game: 2/5/2013

Recap: Northern Iowa vs. Missouri State

Cedar Falls, IA (Sports Network) - Anthony James tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Northern Iowa Panthers prevailed in a defensive struggle over the Missouri State Bears, 48-37, in a Missouri Valley Conference battle at the McLeod Center.

Jake Koch added 11 points and seven boards for UNI (13-11, 6-6 MVC), which has won back-to-back games.

Anthony Downing led Missouri State (7-17, 5-7) with nine points and seven rebounds. The Bears, who had won two of their previous three games, shot just 27.3 percent from the field on the night.

Neither team shot greater than 30 percent from the floor in the first half, but James drilled a pair of free throws late in the frame to give UNI a 20-19 lead heading into intermission.

The Panthers used a 14-1 run late in the second half to pull away in the low- scoring affair.

UNI held a 11-4 scoring advantage at the foul line.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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