AJ Green had 17 points as Northern Iowa beat Illinois State 78-65 in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Noah Carter added 16 points for the Panthers (19-10), while Trae Berhow chipped in 15. Carter also had five assists.
Antonio Reeves had 20 points and three blocks for the Redbirds (13-20). Liam McChesney added 13 points.