Northern Iowa edges Wichita State 57-52 in overtime
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wes Washpun scored 20 points and Jeremy Morgan sank the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime Saturday to lift fourth-seeded Northern Iowa past top-seeded Wichita State 57-52 and into the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Trailing by a point with two minutes left in overtime, Northern Iowa (21-12) got a free throw from Morgan to tie it at 52 before he hit the go-ahead 3-pointer on an assist from Wyatt Lohaus. The Panthers then forced a turnover and Washpun hit a jumper to extend the advantage to five with 18 seconds left.
Markis McDuffie missed a 3-pointer at the other end and Klint Carlson hauled in the defensive rebound to clinch it.
Northern Iowa trailed most of the game but stayed close and forced overtime with Wyatt Lohaus’ layup to tie it at 47 at the end of regulation.
Anton Grady led Wichita State (24-8) with 14 points and Ron Baker had 12.
The Panthers play second-seeded Evansville, which beat sixth-seeded Indiana State 69-42.