Illinois State-Northern Iowa: Redbirds Fall In Double Overtime

Craig NuzzoCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2009

The Redbird Arena was packed tonight, about 8,000-some filled the crowd to make one epic night of ISU basketball.

Unfortunately, the 'Birds were not able to hang on to the lead when it came crunch time.

ISU fell to the Northern Iowa Panthers tonight by a score of 67-69 in a double OT extravaganza, after a referee review of the Panther's buzzer-beating final shot, which after a few minutes concluded good. It was most upsetting.

This game was very imperative to both teams. A win by ISU would mean the Missouri Valley Conference has a three-way tie between: Creighton, Northern Iowa, and Illinois State.

However, that was not the case. And, the Panthers still remain tied with Creighton by a conference record of 13-4. ISU falls 11-6 in the conference, remaining one game behind.

Player of the Game for ISU: Forward Brandon Sampay had 19 points

Next On
: The Illinois State Redbirds will take on the nine-game winning streak Creighton Bluejays, Saturday, Feb. 28. The game will be televised on ESPN 2, coverage begins at 1:00 PM CT.

If the Redbirds fall to the Bluejays, and the Panthers lose to the Evansville Aces (conf. 7-9) Saturday night, the Creighton Bluejays will be the MVC Champions.