Credit Source: Indiana State University Athletics

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Indiana State men’s basketball team was held without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes of game time and Northern Iowa stormed back from 13 points to down the Sycamores 70-67 Sunday afternoon at the McCleod Center.


Even with UNI (6-12, 4-8) going on a 21-9 run over that decisive 9:49 stretch, ISU (11-8, 8-6) had an opportunity to tie the game at the end of regulation. Sophomore Jake LaRavia had a decent look from three, but his shot was off the mark and the Sycamores were forced to settle for a series split.


Senior Tyreke Key passed Eddie Bird (1987-91) for ninth on Indiana State’s all-time scoring list with an 18-point performance in the game, with his career total now at 1,557. Freshman Julian Larry put together another strong performance, finishing with a career-best 14 points while grabbing three steals and dishing out two assists while not committing a turnover. LaRavia matched Larry’s 14-point output while notching his first double-double of the season thanks to 10 rebounds, while also divvying out a team-high four assists. Junior Cooper Neese finished the contest with nine points and three assists.


Indiana State was limited to just 35-percent (24-of-68) from the floor in the game, while Northern Iowa shot a healthy 45-percent  (22-of-49). UNI held its biggest advantage beyond the arc, converting on 55-percent (11-of-20) from downtown compared to 37-percent (9-of-24) for ISU. The Panthers also held a seven-rebound advantage on the boards (42-35), and had more assists than ISU (16-14), but the Sycamores forced 15 turnovers and had 10 steals compared to 15 and three, respectively.


Northern Iowa was led by Noah Carter, who scored 25 points and played all 40 minutes of the game.


Indiana State returns to action a full week from Sunday, heading to Evansville for a 4 p.m. ET showdown Feb. 14 with the Purple Aces.

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