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It was over when - Evan Wessel's reverse lay-up made the score 70-58 with 3:08 to play. UNI did all it could to bring an 18-point deficit down to four with plenty of time to play, but the Shockers responded. Wessel hit two big 3's to get Wichita State back in control, and the Shcokers are just too good at home.

Game ball - Ron Baker. After going 4-for-12 and 1-for-10 from deep in the first meeting, Baker was every bit the All-American that he could be become at the end of the season. He finished with a game-high 17 points and almost every one of his six field goals were contested shots.

What it all means - UNI's dream season will not include an MVC regular season title. But even in losing, the Panthers proved something by fighting back and making it a game again when most had left them for dead. It's far from a crippling loss -- Wichita State was favored by six points -- and we'll likely see round three in eight days.

Of note - Wichita State outscored UNI in the paint, 28-22. The front court matchup favored the Panthers on paper, but the Shockers brought it from all angles today.

Sights and sounds - It was loud. Good gravy, was Charles Koch Arena loud. That place is built to be loud.

Up next - UNI will be the two-seed at the MVC Tournament and will play at 6 p.m. Friday against an opponent to be determined shortly.

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