TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Seth Tuttle had 15 points and eight rebounds and Jeremy Morgan added 12 points as No. 14 Northern Iowa ran away from Indiana State 61-51 on Tuesday night.
The Panthers (21-2, 10-1 Missouri Valley) won their 10th in a row and got their first season sweep of the Sycamores in five seasons.
Indiana State (11-12, 7-4) was led by Devonte Brown with 14 points, but the Sycamores fell to 0-3 this season against ranked teams.
Defensively, Northern Iowa was every bit as good as advertised. Indiana State shot 37.3 percent from the field and finished with a season low for points.
And after scoring the final four points of the first half to take 33-22 lead, Northern Iowa never let the Sycamores get within single digits in the second half.
The Panthers took control with a 13-3 first-half run then methodically pulled away until the final minutes.
Half of the Panthers’ wins have come on the road or at neutral sites, and they weren’t about to let this one slip away.
Instead, they clamped down after Indiana State tied the score at 8. The Sycamores made just one basket over the next 5:58 and when the run ended, they trailed 21-11.
The Sycamores did rally late in the half, closing to 28-22 on Brown’s driving layup with 2:28 left.
But Northern Iowa answered with back-to-back baskets from Marvin Singleton and Jeremy Morgan to close the half, opened the second half on a 12-6 run to make it 45-28 and sealed it at the free throw line
Panthers: Northern Iowa may have played its cleanest half of the season Tuesday. The Panthers shot 56 percent from the field, 50 percent on 3-pointers and held Indiana State to 34.6 percent from the field during the first 20 minutes. Oddest of all: Northern Iowa was called for only one foul, with 4.4 seconds left in the half.
Sycamores: Coach Greg Lansing has revived Indiana State’s program over the past five seasons. But he again came up short in a record-breaking quest. Lansing’s four wins over ranked teams are tied for the most by a coach in school history. He’s tied with Bill Hodges, who coached the school’s most famous basketball alum — Larry Bird.
Panthers: host Drake on Saturday.
Sycamores: visit Loyola (Ill.) on Saturday.
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