- Associated Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Nate Buss scored 26 points and Seth Tuttle added 21 as Northern Iowa shot 67.4 percent from the field and defeated Missouri State 94-89 on Saturday.

Buss hit 10 of 13 field goals and made 5 of 6 from beyond the arc, where the Panthers (10-8, 4-2 Missouri Valley Conference) were 13-of-21. Tuttle made 7 of 8 from the field.

Trailing 61-59 and facing its only deficit of the game, Northern Iowa went on a 20-6 run to take a 79-67 lead. Missouri State (12-6, 2-4) cut its deficit to 88-86 on a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, but the Panthers then converted their final six free throw attempts.

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Ron Mvouika scored 28 for the Bears, who shot 59.3 percent from the field. Mvouika went 10 of 13 from the field and hit all six of his 3-point attempts.

It was Missouri State’s third straight loss.

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