Cedar Falls, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Bohannon hit five 3s and led No. 20 Northern Iowa with 17 points as the Panthers held off Indiana State 66-60 on Wednesday.
Seth Tuttle scored eight of his 16 points in the game's final two minutes for UNI (17-2, 6-1 MVC), which moved into second place in the conference with its sixth straight win. The Panthers' lone conference loss came in Evansville on New Years Day.
Jeremy Morgan and Deon Mitchell added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Justin Gant and Brenton Scott both scored 13 points for Indiana State (9-10, 5-2).
Bohannon's 3 just prior to the midpoint of the second half gave Northern Iowa a 46-36 lead. From there, the Sycamores rattled off 11 straight points to briefly climb ahead.
Wes Washpun followed with two free throws, and UNI led the rest of the way, but not comfortably.
Tre' Bennett's 3-pointer with 31 seconds left had Indiana State within five. Nate Buss then missed two free throws, and Devonte Brown cut the spread to 63-60 with two from the line.
Tuttle split his pair, and ISU could have made it a one-point game, but Scott and Khristian Smith missed 3s. Tuttle then sank two foul shots to end it.
Earlier, UNI jumped out to a 15-5 lead and held a 12-point edge at 7:17 of the first half before taking a 31-23 advantage into halftime.
Northern Iowa passed last season's win total ... Indiana State had won five of six games ... Indiana State shot 6-for-21 from behind the arc ... ISU held a 24-14 advantage in the paint and 18-8 margin in bench points.