CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — A second-half rally failed for the UNI men’s basketball team Sunday afternoon as the Panthers lost a road game 71-65 to the UIC Flames at Credit Union 1 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Arena.
The Panthers’ loss ends their three-game winning streak against the Flames in their first loss to UIC since 2008. Northern Iowa shot efficiently in the first half, but struggled to keep up UIC’s hot shooting beyond three points. bow.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
Jacob Hutson, Nate Heise And Titan Anderson helped pace UNI’s interior offense in the first half in an entertaining back-and-forth to start the game. Struggling to defend the three-point shot against the Flames, UIC’s Filip Skobalj buried four three-pointers in four attempts in the first half and forced the Panthers into seven turnovers in the first 20 minutes of play and struggled to slow down CJ Jones in the paint. Northern Iowa would fall behind on a 9-0 Flames run, but slowly cut its deficit to single digits in the final minutes. Kyle Pock gave the Panthers one last offensive spark in the final seconds of the half after being fouled on a three-pointer and converted on a free throw to head into the locker room, 40-32.
UNI scored the first four points of the second half and quickly fought back into the game with an aggressive pursuit of loose rebounds and no contact. Pushing the Flames’ defense in transition, the Panthers tied it at 51-51 thanks to a 13-point halftime run from Heise and a defensive effort that slowed UIC’s three-point shooting in the final minutes. Northern Iowa would struggle at the free throw line, however, missing six charity stripe attempts and having difficulty establishing a three-point shooting game.
Heise finished the afternoon with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, while Anderson scored 13 points with eight rebounds. Trey Campbell had 11 points with four rebounds in the loss, while Born had a game-high seven points. Landon Wolf, Michel Duax and Pock all finished with four points each.
- UNI leads the all-time series with the Flames 13-12 after Sunday afternoon’s loss. The Panthers have a combined record of 2-9 when playing on the road at UIC.
- Titan Anderson has scored at least one point in 57 consecutive games, the longest streak among active Panthers.
- Nate Heise recorded his 400th career rebound on Sunday, while Trey Campbell has exceeded 200 career tips.
UNI returns to action Wednesday night as it visits the Valparaiso Beacons in northwest Indiana. The announcement is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT at the Valparaiso Athletics-Recreation Center with live coverage available on ESPN+ and the Panther Sports Radio Network.