MEN’S HOOPS: Indiana St. rallies to beat Northern Iowa

CEDAR FALLS – Khristian Smith scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Indiana State rallied back from a double-digit halftime deficit to defeat Northern Iowa 87-81 on Saturday night.

Northern Iowa (11-11, 5-5 Missouri Valley Conference) led 45-34 at the half but Indiana State went on a 12-1 run to open up the second and tie up the score with 16:09 remaining. The Sycamores (17-5, 8-2) combined for three 3-pointers in the run, and shot 9 of 23 from distance.

Dawon Cummings finished with 18 points and four 3-pointers for Indiana State, scoring 11 points in the second half.

The Sycamores held Northern Iowa to seven points in the first 7 minutes of the second half. Northern Iowa went on a 10-5 run in the final minute, but couldn’t close the gap.

Deon Mitchell scored 21 points to lead the Panthers, who combined to shoot 49.1 percent from the floor.

Illinois State 75, Drake 57

NORMAL, Ill. – Reggie Lynch opened the second half with a dunk as Illinois State emphatically pulled away from cold-shooting Drake after halftime for a 75-57 win on Saturday.

Bobby Hunter topped the Redbirds (12-10, 5-5 Missouri Valley Conference) with 19 points and no turnovers. Nick Zeisloft added 15 points, all from deep (5-for-7 on 3-pointers). Lynch finished with 10.

Drake, trailing 43-35 at the half, didn’t score until Trevor Berkeley hit a pair of free throws with 14:39 to play. The Bulldogs (12-10, 3-7) didn’t make a field goal for nearly 10 minutes. By then, Illinois State led 57-40 before Berkeley scored with 10:26 to play, breaking a string of 10 misses by Drake.

Berkeley finished with a career-high 13 points.

Illinois State was out-rebounded 41-27 but Drake was hampered by 34.5 percent shooting and 14 turnovers. The Redbirds shot 51.1 percent from the field, including 12 of 23 3-pointers.