ST. LOUIS -- — Austin Phyfe matched his season high with 21 points as Northern Iowa narrowly defeated Illinois State 65-60 in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney on Thursday night.
Tenth-seeded Illinois State face No. 2 seed Drake in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Trae Berhow, whose 13 points per game entering the contest was second on the Panthers, shot only 20 percent for the game (2 of 10).
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