WICHITA, Kan. – Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 21 points and Anthony James had 20 as Northern Iowa held off Wichita State 77-74 Wednesday night.
Northern Iowa (14-6, 5-3 Missouri Valley) won its fourth straight. Jake Koch and Johnny Moran each scored 12 for the Panthers.
The Shockers (15-4, 6-2) wasted a chance to pull into a three-way tie for the conference lead. J.T. Durley and David Kyles scored 14 apiece to lead Wichita State.
Northern Iowa led 43-35 with 18:58 remaining, but Wichita State pulled back within 44-43 on Demetric Williams' 3-pointer with 15:57 to play. It stayed close until five points by Ahelegbe spurred a 9-0 Panthers run to make it 70-64 with 2:27 left.
The Shockers closed within 73-71 on Kyles' 3-pointer with 14.2 seconds left. But Moran and Koch each sank two free throws in the final 11 seconds. Kyles' desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer did not reach the rim.