Northern Iowa's Wes Washpun, center, towers over Missouri State's Jordan Martin, right, for the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Matthew Putney/The Courier via AP) MANDATORY
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February 10, 2016

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Jeremy Morgan had a career-high 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Northern Iowa beat Missouri State 83-69 on Wednesday night for a fifth straight win.

Matt Bohannon and Bennett Koch scored 19 apiece and Wes Washpun had 11 points with nine assists for the Panthers (15-11, 7-6 Missouri Valley Conference). Northern Iowa never trailed, made 19 of 21 free throws and hit 10 of 23 from beyond the arc.

Trailing 49-38 at halftime, the Bears' Ryan Kreklow and Loomis Gerring combined to score nine unanswered points and Missouri State closed to within 61-58.

The Panthers replied with 17-2 run and led 78-60 with 4:36 left after Koch's back-to-back dunks and the Bears trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

Chris Kendrix scored 20 with a career-high five 3-pointers for Missouri State (10-15, 6-7). Dequon Miller had a career-high seven assists.

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