|Date of game: 1/11/2014
Recap: Northern Iowa vs. Drake
Cedar Falls, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Deon Mitchell and Wes Washpun each finished with 17 points to lead the Northern Iowa Panthers to a 76-66 victory over the Drake Bulldogs in a Missouri Valley Conference tilt at the McLeod Center.
For the Panthers (9-7, 3-1 MVC), Matt Bohannon and Seth Tuttle each added 11 points, while Nate Buss scored 10.
Jordan Daniels finished with 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (10-6, 1-3), while Aaron Hawley chipped in with 11 points.
UNI shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, as the Panthers took a 37-34 lead into intermission. They did have some difficulty from deep, making just 3-of-14 of their shots from beyond the arc. Drake made 44.8 percent of its shots from the floor in the half, including 5-of-11 from 3-point range.
Just like the first, Panthers made 50 percent of their field goal in the second half, this time connecting on 6-of-13 from 3-point distance. The Bulldogs struggled from the field after halftime, shooting just 39.3 percent and 3-of-13 from long range. Trailing by three, 61-58, with just over four minutes remaining, the Panthers used a 10-0 run over a two minute span to take the lead and pull away for the win.
UNI had the edge under the basket, outscoring Drake in the paint 30-20 and outrebounding them 35-30. Both teams took good care of the ball, each turning it over just eight times in the contest.Game Notes