CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Spencer Haldeman scored 15 points, making all three of his 3-point tries, and Northern Iowa held off Missouri State 64-59 on Saturday night.
Although there were five ties and 10 lead changes, Northern Iowa held a slight lead throughout much of the game. Haldeman gave UNI a little breathing room, making a 3-pointer for a 57-53 lead with 1:44 remaining. Tulio Da Silva made two free throws for Missouri State with 1:15 to go.
Haldeman added two free throws to make the lead four points again, Missouri State turned the ball over and UNI had possession with 58 seconds to go. Tywhon Pickford made a layup and, at 61-55, the Panthers had the biggest lead for either team since midway through the first half. Pickford later added 3 of 4 free throws and the Panthers held on.
Da Silva scored 17 points and Keandre Cook had 15 points for Missouri State (11-12, 5-5).
Buggs, Hawaii beat UC Santa Barbara 70-63
Drew Buggs scored 12 points and tied his career high with 12 assists, Zigmars Raimo and Justin Webster combined to score 16 of their 21 points in the second half, and Hawaii beat UC Santa Barbara 70-63 on Saturday night.
Boise St. rallies from 19 down, beats Utah State 88-83 in OT
Justinian Jessup forced a turnover and scored with 1.9 seconds left to send the game into overtime as Boise State rallied from 19-points down in the second half and beat Utah State 88-83 on Saturday night.
Defense shines as UC Irvine tops UC Riverside 69-53
Evan Leonard recorded 13 points as UC Irvine topped UC Riverside 69-53 on Saturday night.