The University of Northern Iowa Men’s basketball team outscored UNLV 16-7 in overtime to beat the Runnin’ Rebels 77-68 in Cedar Falls. Bennett Koch had a career high 30 points in the win while Klint Carlson chipped in with 23.
Koch added seven rebounds and also had three steals as UNI improved to 6-2.
Koch says defense was the key as the Panthers struggled in the second half and made only 10 of 28 shots. They were only two of 14 from three point range in the game.
Moving on to some UNI football now, the Panthers have become familiar with regular season rematches on the road and the Panthers are ready for another one as they get set to visit South Dakota State in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. UNI won in Brookings 38-18 back in mid-October.
That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who says they will not treat it any differently.
It is the third straight playoff appearance for UNI that has included a rematch against a Missouri Valley foe.
Farley says running the football is crucial in the playoffs especially on the road.
Quarterback Eli Dunne returned from injury and led UNI to a lopsided opening round win against Monmouth.