CARBONDALE, Ill. — After overcoming a 16-point deficit to beat conference leader Drake on Tuesday, it appeared momentum was on Northern Iowa’s side as it traveled to face Southern Illinois Sunday.

Whatever good vibes remained from that game stayed behind in Cedar Falls this weekend.

The Panthers shot under 35 percent from the field and turned the ball over 13 times in a flat, ugly, 64-53 loss in Carbondale.

After seemingly finding a rhythm offensively in recent games, the Panthers looked out of sorts from the start, as they had as many turnovers (eight) as made field goals in the first half. They held only one lead all day, a 3-2 advantage that came following an early Isaiah Brown 3-pointer.

“I did not see that coming today,” UNI coach Ben Jacobson said. “We had played really well against Valpo, we played really well against Drake the last 25-26 minutes. It’s been a good 10 days, two weeks for us.

“The longer that game went on, the more of an edge they developed and a less of an edge we had. And that’s disappointing.”

SIU’s length proved to be a problem all afternoon as the Salukis deflected numerous passes, making it difficult for UNI to work the ball inside. It marked the second time Southern held the Panthers to 53 points this year.

Wyatt Lohaus (15), Brown (10) and Klint Carlson (10) all finished in double figures for UNI, but no other Panther scored more than four points. Southern Illinois was particularly strong against top UNI scorers Bennett Koch and Tywhon Pickford, who combined to score just seven points on 2 of 15 shooting.

“We just didn’t make shots,” Carlson said of his team, which went 8 of 30 from 3-point range. “I thought we had some good looks, did some good things on offense. They just didn’t go in.”

The Panther defense also had its struggles, particularly in crunch time.

Down by as many as 16, UNI appeared to get itself back in the game, as two Lohaus 3s and a Brown layup cut the deficit in half with 3:21 to play. But coming off a timeout, SIU scored uncontested layups on three consecutive possessions.

“We were flat,” said Lohaus, who accounted for half of UNI’s made triples on six attempts. “We didn’t do as well preparing ourselves mentally to get ready for the game. We talked about keeping the momentum going, so obviously it’s disappointing to come out and play the way we did.”

More important than the lost momentum, the loss dropped UNI to just 2-6 in the Valley.

“It doesn’t feel good the way we played so we’re going to have to come in and get better and get right back at it,” Carlson said. “We’ve got to keep grinding.”

The Panthers return home for a 7 p.m. tip against Illinois State Wednesday.

RHODES STAYS HOME: UNI was down a rotation player Sunday, as Hunter Rhodes didn’t make the trip to Carbondale. The senior guard fell ill on Saturday and was deemed too sick to travel with the team.

S. Illinois 64, UNI 53UNI Mn FG-A FT-A Rb As PF TP

Carlson 35 4-6 0-0 5 0 3 10

Pickford 29 1-10 1-1 5 1 0 3

McCloud 24 2-6 0-0 5 2 1 4

Brown 32 4-13 1-2 7 1 3 10

Phyfe 14 1-1 2-2 2 0 2 4

Koch 25 1-5 2-2 2 2 1 4

Haldeman 18 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 3

W. Lohaus 23 5-9 1-2 3 1 1 15

Team 1

Totals 200 19-55 7-9 30 8 12 53

SIU Mn FG-A FT-A Rb As PF TP

Pippen 33 5-9 1-2 11 2 8 11

Bartley 29 4-7 0-1 1 2 3 12

Cook 31 3-7 0-0 1 1 1 6

Lloyd 36 7-11 0-0 6 2 0 15

Fletcher 35 4-10 3-5 9 2 2 12

Smithpeters 25 3-7 0-1 5 2 1 8

Weiher 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0

Stradnieks 7 0-1 0-0 0 1 4 0

Gooch 3 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0

Team 0

Totals 200 26-52 4-9 35 12 14 64

Northern Iowa 21 32 — 53

Southern Illinois 25 39 — 64

3-point goals—UNI 8-30 (W. Lohaus 4-6, Carlson 2-4, Brown 1-8, Haldeman 1-5, Pickford 0-5, McCloud 0-2) SIU 8-17 (Bartley 4-5, Smithpeters 2-5, Fletcher 1-4, Lloyd 1-3) Steals—UNI 8 (Brown 3, Pickford 2, McCloud 2, Koch 1) SIU 10 (Fletcher 4, Lloyd 3, Cook 2, Pippen 1). Blocks — UNI 0, SIU 3 (Cook 2). Turnovers — UNI 13, SIU 11.

Officials—Eades, Higgins, Petty. Att.—3,254

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