Illinois State 73, Northern Iowa 65: Tyler Brown scored a game-high 28 points as the Illinois State Redbirds recorded a 73-65 win over the Northern Iowa Panthers in the second round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at Scottrade Center.
Brown, who shot 6-of-8 behind the 3-point line, also pulled down nine rebounds for sixth-seeded Illinois State (18-14) in the victory. Jackie Carmichael recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, adding five blocked shots for good measure. John Wilkins and Johnny Hill both contributed 11 points, the latter also capturing nine boards.
Illinois State led by as many as 15 points in the first half, shooting 6-of-15 beyond the arc in the frame, but the Panthers battled back as they connected on 7-of-13 on the perimeter in order to take a 35-34 advantage at the break.
In the second half the lead for UNI went to three in the opening moments, but the team then converted just 36.7 percent from the floor in the period as the Redbirds pulled away for the win.
With the victory Illinois State heads to the semifinals to face second-seeded Wichita State on Saturday, with a spot in the title game on the line.
Wichita State 69, Missouri State 59: Carl Hall tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the second-seeded Wichita State Shockers past the seventh-seeded Missouri State Bears, 69-59, in the quarterfinal round.
Ron Baker came off the bench to pour in 15 points for Wichita State (25-7), which will play the winner of Northern Iowa/Illinois State in the semifinals on Saturday.
For Missouri State (11-22), Marcus Marshall led all scorers with 25 points on 4-of-10 from 3-point range and 13-of-16 from the foul line. Anthony Downing and Keith Pickens netted 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Wichita State shot a modest 44.4 percent from the field in the first half, but it also held Missouri State an even worse 30.4 percent, as it carried a 29-24 lead into intermission.
The Shockers extended their lead to 10 with just over 14 minutes left in the game before the Bears ripped off a 12-2 run to tie the game, 46-46, with 7:56 remaining, but Wichita State answered with a 12-1 surge to pull away.
Wichita State dominated the rebounding battle, 43-24.
Creighton 65, Drake 53: Doug McDermott became the leading scorer in Creighton history, as the top-seeded Bluejays beat the Drake Bulldogs, 65-53, in the quarterfinals.
McDermott had 23 points and seven rebounds for Creighton (25-7), which will play Indiana State in Saturday's semifinals.
A made free throw with 4:43 left in the first half, gave McDermott 2,117 career points, passing Rodney Buford's school record that he set in 1999.
Gregory Echenique finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks for the Bluejays.
Richard Carter paced ninth-seeded Drake (15-17) with 14 points.
Indiana State 51, Evansville 50: Justin Gant made a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining and Devonte Brown blocked Ned Cox's shot just before the buzzer as the Indiana State Sycamores snuck past the Evansville Purple Aces, 51-50, in the quarterfinals.
Gant was fouled and went to the foul line with 2.5 tickls left on the clock. He made the second shot to put the fifth-seeded Sycamores ahead by one, 51-50.
Evansville's length-of-the-court pass was deflected to Cox, who seemed to have an open layup. Brown came flying in and blocked Cox's shot to secure the victory for Indiana State.
Gant ended with seven points and six rebounds for the Sycamores (18-13), who will play the top-seeded Creighton Bluejays in Saturday's semifinals. Brown and RJ Mahurin added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Egidijus Mockevicius ended with 11 points and seven boards for the fourth- seeded Purple Aces (18-14), who ended the regular season with an 84-68 win over Indiana State on March 2. D.J. Balentine had 10 points.