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It was over when - Marvin Singleton just beat the shot clock for a lay-up on an assist from Seth Tuttle with just under two minutes to play. That put UNI up 61-47. It wasn't a text book end of game for the Panthers, but Loyola never seriously threatened.

Game ball - Jeremy Morgan. In a game without a lot of offensive firepower, defense was important and Morgan led that charge. His pocket pick and lay-up just before the halftime buzzer was a big swing to put the Panthers up nine at halftime. Later, he hit back-to-back 3-pointers when Loyola was trying its best to make charge.

What it all means - There wasn't a lot of highlights, but UNI didn't leave much doubt in getting the job done. The Panthers are onto the finals to play Illinois State. They will not get a third crack at Wichita State, but that's just the way things go sometimes.

Of note - No UNI player reached double figures in points until 5:40 remained. That adds to the notion that there weren't many highlights.

Sights and sounds - If I was an alien and you dropped me down at halftime of MVC Tournament games, my conclusion would be that making a 3-point shot is one of the more difficult things on Earth to do. Every time somebody has had a chance to make five 3-pointers for $5,000, they've come up empty each time. Like, not even close. So bad.

Up next - UNI will play for its first MVC Tournament title since 2010 against Illinois State at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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