2:05 PM ET, March 8, 2009
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
ST. LOUIS -- Northern Iowa shared the Missouri Valley regular-season title with Creighton. The Panthers celebrated alone after winning the conference tournament.Ali Farokhmanesh scored eight of the Panthers' 12 points in overtime, helping the top seed overcome an Illinois State rally fueled by tournament MVP Osiris Eldridge in a 60-57 victory in the championship game Sunday."The way that game felt, somebody was going to have to do something," said coach Ben Jacobson, whose team was picked to finish sixth in the conference before the season. "Ali came up big. He comes through for us."
Forde: March Sadness
The thrill of March victory isn't the only thing that makes college basketball special -- so does the agony of March defeat. Sunday, Illinois State knew agony. Pat Forde
• Northern Iowa earned its second Missouri Valley Tournament title.
• Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 17 points for the Panthers.
• Osiris Eldridge scored 21 points for Illinois State.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-63 (.302)||20-46 (.435)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-35 (.286)||6-19 (.316)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-11 (.818)||14-17 (.824)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|