UNI’s balance sinks Virginia Tech 73-54
CANCUN, Mexico – Matt Bohannon scored 13 points to lead a balanced attack and Northern Iowa defeated Virginia Tech 73-54 in the Riviera Division of the Cancun Challenge on Tuesday.
Seth Tuttle had 11 points and Marvin Singleton and Nate Buss had 10 apiece for the Panthers (5-0), who are off to their best start in 14 years. Four other players had at least seven points.
Joey van Zegeren had 15 points to lead Virginia Tech (2-2).
Buss and Bohannon scored 10 points apiece in the first half as Northern Iowa shot 60 percent to take a 40-31 lead. The Panthers made 6 of 11 3’s in their hot start and 10 of 11 free throws while the Hokies, who shot 50 percent from the field, attempted just one foul shot.
Bohannon’s 3-pointer 4 minutes into the second half started a 12-0 run that put the Panthers up 57-35. Singleton turned a put-back into a three-point play and added a layup during the surge. Wes Washpun capped the run with a layup and as soon as Malik Muller ended the drought for the Hokies with a 3-pointer, Washpun answered with a three-point play.
Northern Iowa hit 18 of 20 free throws and ended up at 50 percent from the field, making 24 of 48 shots. Virginia Tech was just 3 of 8 from the foul line.
Northern Iowa faces Northwestern for the title.
Drake 73, IUPUI 60
DES MOINES – Jacob Enevold Jensen scored 10 points and hauled in 12 rebounds for his first career double-double, leading Drake to its first win of the season, 73-60, over IUPUI.
Drake (1-3) opened with a 9-2 spurt to capture a lead it never relinquished, then took control with a 13-2 run early in the second half that included a Chris Caird 3-pointer and was capped with an Envold Jensen layup that made it 47-27 with 16:12 left.
Reed Timmer contributed 12 points and C.J. Rivers added 11 points for Drake.
No. 17 Iowa 73, Northern Iowa 45
IOWA CITY – Ally Disterhoft scored 18 points and Samantha Logic added 13 with seven rebounds as No. 17 Iowa rolled past Northern Iowa.
Whitney Jennings added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting with four assists. Logic also had four assists and Disterhoft grabbed six boards for the Hawkeyes (5-0).
After leading by five at halftime, Iowa pulled away in the second half as Logic, Alexa Kastanek and Jennings each hit 3-pointers to fuel a 21-3 run. After Stephanie Davison’s layup at the 17:54 mark, Northern Iowa (1-2) went on a scoreless drought until she hit another layup with 10:38 left.
Jen Keitel led the Panthers with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Davison also chipped in 13 points.