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Evansville nips UNI, 62-59

2013-01-09T23:45:00Z 2013-01-10T11:06:15Z Evansville nips UNI, 62-59By CARSON TIGGES, carson.tigges@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team got exactly what it wanted at the end of a comeback effort against Evansville Wednesday night at the McLeod Center — a lead and a chance to shoot free throws.

But those free throws will haunt the Panthers as they missed the front end of a 1-and-1 twice in the final 44 seconds and the Aces sank theirs to finish off a 62-59 victory.

“We were able to get the lead, get a stop and get to the free-throw line. You can’t ask for anything more than that,” said head coach Ben Jacobson.

“It hurts when it’s sitting right there for you to get a win after trailing in the basketball game.”

UNI (8-8, 1-3 MVC) fell behind by as many as 14 points, but finally figured out the Evansville (10-6, 3-1) defense and caught fire in the second half. Nate Buss, Chip Rank and Matt Bohannon hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions for the Panthers before Anthony James took over late to give the home team a 57-55 lead.

From there, Jake Koch missed a free throw that could’ve extended the lead with 44 seconds left. Evansville’s Lewis Jones completed a three-point play off an offensive rebound on the other end, and, a few moments later, James came up empty at the foul stripe with a chance to put UNI back up.

That sequence was the finality of the Panthers’ comeback effort going for nothing.

“It was a variety of different plays,” said James. “If we would’ve played with the intensity of the last 10 minutes the entire 40 minutes, we would’ve had a better outcome.”

Colt Ryan tallied his game-high 21 points with a pair of free throws and Ned Cox sealed it with two more with 10 seconds left. James’ leaner from the left wing at the buzzer bounced short off the rim.

Troy Taylor added 11 points and seven rebounds and the Aces finished 12 of 13 from the line while UNI ended up 9-for-13.

“You have to make plays down the stretch, we have a veteran team and they do too,” said Evanville head coach Marty Simmons. “I thought we lost our poise for a little bit, but kind of gathered ourselves.”

Simmons’ team also made plays for much of the first half — both on the offensive and defensive ends to claim a seven-point lead at the break. The UNI offense was, once again, out of sorts against its undersized opponents, couldn’t get the ball inside to reigning MVC Player of the Week Seth Tuttle and was ice cold from the outside, hitting just 4 of 15 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes (8-25 for the game).

The trio from the bench went on its run from behind the arc and James came up with 16 of his 19 points in the second half to lead the comeback.

But the free throws didn’t go down for UNI and that was that.

“This is one where you hurt for your guys because they played very hard and made it a very competitive 10 minutes to the finish and got themselves in position to win,” said Jacobson. “It didn’t go our way. It wasn’t something that we did or didn’t do or something that Evansville did or didn’t do, this one didn’t go our way.”

No other Panther scored in double digits as Tuttle put up nine points and eight rebounds and Marc Sonnen scored eight.

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

Jones 20 4-5 1-1 2 0 4 9

Taylor 36 3-7 5-6 7 2 2 11

Ryan 37 7-17 4-4 3 1 1 21

Cox 27 2-7 2-2 2 4 1 8

Mockevicius 11 0-1 0-0 2 0 0 0

Sawvell 12 2-2 0-0 3 0 1 4

Moore 10 1-4 0-0 2 0 1 2

Wing 15 2-3 0-0 3 2 2 5

Jahr 14 0-1 0-0 3 1 3 0

Balentine 18 1-3 0-0 2 3 1 2

Team 2

Totals 200 22-50 12-13 31 13 16 62

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

Tuttle 30 3-7 2-2 8 1 1 9

Koch 28 2-5 3-5 5 0 3 7

Sonnen 37 3-6 0-0 1 0 2 8

Pehl 10 1-3 0-0 3 2 0 2

James 37 8-18 2-4 3 3 2 19

Mitchell 14 0-5 2-2 1 1 2 2

Rank 12 1-1 0-0 3 2 1 3

Bohannon 22 2-5 0-0 1 1 1 6

Buss 7 1-1 0-0 1 1 1 3

Morrison 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Martinio 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Team 5

Totals 200 21-51 9-13 31 11 13 59

Evansville 32 30 – 62

UNI 25 34 – 59

3-point goals – Evansville 6-12 (Ryan 3-7, Cox 2-4, Wing 1-1); UNI 8-25 (Sonnen 2-4, Bohannon 2-5, Rank 1-1, Buss 1-1, Tuttle 1-2, James 1-7, Koch 0-1). Turnovers – Evansville 11; UNI 11. Steals – Evansville 3 (Ryan 2, Balentine 1); UNI 7 (Koch 3, Tuttle 2, Sonnen 1, Mitchell 1). Blocks – Evansville 2 (Ryan 1, Mockevicius 1); UNI 3 (Tuttle 2, Koch 1).

Officials – Self, Lusk, Davis. Att. – 4,155.

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