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BIG FOUR BASKETBALL: Northern Iowa beats George Mason in OT

December 9, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

FAIRFAX, Va. - Marc Sonnen connected on seven 3-pointers and had 21 points to lead Northern Iowa to an 82-77 overtime victory over George Mason, snapping the Patriots' 14-game home winning streak.

Anthony James scored five of his 19 points in overtime and Seth Tuttle hit six straight free throws in the game's final 22 seconds to seal the victory for the Panthers (6-3).

Tuttle finished with 18 points, going 12-for-14 from the foul line.

George Mason (6-4) got 20 points from Sherrod Wright, but was undone by some costly miscues and inconsistent play from point guards Bryon Allen and Corey Edwards. They combined for 21 points but also had eight turnovers between them.

George Mason trailed 80-77 before Allen committed a turnover with three seconds remaining in overtime. The Patriots' Johnny Williams was forced to immediately foul Tuttle, who hit his final two free throws to provide the final margin.

Drake 74, IPFW 64

DES MOINES - Chris Hines scored 19 points and Ben Simons added 15, leading Drake to a 74-64 victory over IPFW on Saturday night in the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Hines and Simon hit three 3-pointers apiece. Jordan Clarke added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-4), who went ahead for good, 31-29, on Richard Carter's layup 2:20 before halftime and led by as many as 16 in the second half.

Frank Gaines, who came in averaging 19.2 points per game, had a game-high 27 on 8-of-17 shooting for the Mastodons (5-6), and Michael Kibiloski chipped in 10 points off the bench. IPFW shot just 36 percent from the floor and committed 21 turnovers.

Drake never trailed, but IPFW tied it at 29 late in the first half. The Bulldogs, though, closed the half on a 10-0 run before Clarke's layup just after halftime made it 41-29.


South Dakota St. 61, Northern Iowa 49

CEDAR FALLS - Jacqui Kalin's hot streak continues.

Tallying 21 points, Kalin eclipsed the 20-point barrier for the third game in a row, though it wasn't enough for the Northern Iowa women's basketball team, which dropped a 61-49 contest to South Dakota State Saturday.

Kalin's turnaround jumper cut the Jackrabbits' lead to 51-49 late in the second half, before SDSU (6-4) responded with a 3-pointer and layup to grab a 56-49 advantage with 2:40 left in the game. The Jackrabbits closed the game on a 10-0 run as Megan Waytashek led the way with a game-high 23 points.

The Panthers (4-5) 27-21 at the half, but the Jackrabbits responded with a 15-6 run to take a 36-33 lead. The teams shared the lead at 39 and 45 before SDSU grabbed its largest advantage to that point at 51-47 with 7:14 to play.

Amber Kirschbaum grabbed nine boards for the Panthers, while AGWSR grad Jess McDowell snared five. Brittni Donaldson and Jen Keitel each scored eight for UNI which shot just 19 of 56 (34 percent) from the field. The Jackrabbits connected on 23 of 48 (48 percent) and buried seven treys. SDSU also held a 42-27 edge on the glass, but the Panthers hung around by forcing 18 turnovers and committing just seven.

The Panthers host No. 22 Iowa State Monday at 7 p.m. The game is will be televised on KWWL, CFU and WOI.

North Dakota 67, Drake 63, OT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Bulldogs played much of Saturday's game without leading rebounder Morgan Reid.

Not having her available at all in overtime proved to be too tall a task as the Drake women's basketball team dropped a 67-63 overtime thriller to North Dakota Saturday.

Nicole Smart knocked down a trey with 10 seconds left in overtime to give UND a 66-63 lead as they held on.

Limited by foul trouble throughout, Reid played just 19 minutes before fouling out in regulation as the Bulldogs saw a nine-point lead dissolve in five minutes late in the second half. Leading 45-36 with 10:27 to play, UND rallied with a 13-4 surge to knot the score at 49 with 5:04 to play.

Kyndal Clark made a layup to give the Bulldogs a 56-54 lead with 27 seconds left but UND answered with a layup from Alyssa Wall. Clark missed a late jumper to send the game into the extra session.

Clark and Carly Grenfell led Drake (3-5) with 12 points apiece. Emily Evers led North Dakota with 17 points and 12 boards and Madi Buck had 10 points and 12 rebounds.



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