WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -JT Durley had 19 points, Graham Hatch added 14 and Wichita State knocked off No. 20 Northern Iowa 60-51 Tuesday night to end the nation's second-longest winning streak at 15 games.
Wichita State (17-3, 6-2 Missouri Valley Conference) had a tough shooting night, hitting just 3 of 18 from 3-point range, making up for it with scrappiness and stingy perimeter defense. The Shockers are off to their best start since opening 18-3 in 2004-05 and haven't lost in 12 games at Charles Koch Arena, including two wins over ranked teams.
Northern Iowa (16-2, 7-1) made several runs after a miserable first half at both ends, but came up short after being ranked this week for the second time in school history.
Jordan Eglseder had 14 points to lead Northern Iowa, which shot 2 for 13 from 3-point range.
Northern Iowa trailed by 12 after a miserable first half at both ends, but didn't need long to get it all back.
After all but ignoring Eglseder in the first half, the Panthers worked the ball into the big senior on three of their first four possessions of the second to hit five straight shots to score the first eight points.
In three minutes, the lead was down to two.
The Shockers didn't score until Gabe Blair dropped in a midrange jumper at 15:15, then used a steal and a fastbreak layup by David Kyles to get themselves and the crowd back into it. Wichita State held Northern Iowa scoreless over its next six possessions to push the lead to seven, then went on another mini run to go up 48-39 on Hatch's fastbreak layup with just under 4 minutes left.
Northern Iowa tried to mount another run, but Wichita State made 13 of 17 free throws to seal it after failing to get to the line in the first half.
The Shockers went right at the Missouri Valley's best defense early, working the ball into the post despite the presence of Eglseder, a mammoth 7-footer.
The Shockers didn't hesitate in taking the ball to the rim and used nifty passing between post players to set up layups and dunks when the Panthers collapsed. Wichita State's inside success opened up the perimeter and the Shockers hit from there, too, opening the game 10 for 17 from the floor - despite a couple of early jittery airballs - to go up 22-9.
Wichita State was just as aggressive on defense, smothering Northern Iowa's post players and cutting off drives while still getting out to the perimeter shooters.
Northern Iowa shot 8 of 25, missed all seven of its 3-point attempts and had a season-low 17 points at halftime.
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