Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt cuts the net after defeating San Diego State in an NCAA college basketball game for the Mountain West Conference tournament championship Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. Wyoming defeated San Diego State 45-43. (AP Ph
Isaac Brekken
March 15, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) Northern Iowa capped one of its best seasons by getting a No. 5 seed in the East Regional and an opening game against Wyoming in the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Seattle.

The Panthers (30-3) tied their school record for victories by beating Illinois State 69-60 for their fourth Missouri Valley Tournament title. They overcame an 18-point deficit to pull it off.

Northern Iowa is 3-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to a regional semifinal before losing to Michigan State in 2010 for its best showing.

Wyoming (25-9) is in the tournament for the first time since 2002. The Cowboys upset San Diego State 45-43 in the Mountain West Tournament title game to get the automatic berth. They beat Gonzaga in the opening round of the 2002 tournament.

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