Morgan scores 38 in second half to lead UNI
CEDAR FALLS — Jeremy Morgan scored all of his career-high 38 points in the second half and Northern Iowa rallied to beat North Dakota 78-70 on Saturday night.
Morgan single-handedly outscored the Fighting Hawks in the second half (38-37) and finished his night 10 of 17 from the field, 16 of 22 at the line, and also added 11 rebounds.
Spencer Haldeman scored 12 points for Northern Iowa (5-4), which was outshot 49.2 percent to 47.1 percent but held an 18-point edge (24-6) at the foul line.
North Dakota (5-3) led through large portions of the second half, until a Morgan 3-point play and 3-point jumper on consecutive possessions gave Northern Iowa a 59-55 lead which they didn’t relinquish.
Quinton Hooker led the Fighting Hawks with 20 points and five assists. Carson Shanks added 17 points.
Jackson St. 68, Drake 63
DES MOINES — In its first game with Jeff Rutter at the helm, the Drake men’s basketball team wasn’t able to hold on to a two-point lead at halftime, and fell 68-63 to Jackson State on Saturday.
While Reed Timmer scored 19 points on his way to becoming the 24th Drake player to reach 1,000 career points, the Bulldogs (1-8) struggled from the field, shooting a dismal 26.6 percent from the floor. The Tigers (3-6) were 34.3 percent from the field, which included a 9-for-30 3-point shooting clip.
Sophomore Billy Wampler posted a career-high 20 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Timmer’s 19 put him at 1,016 all-time.
Next up for Drake is the Hy-Vee Classic at Wells Fargo Arena. The Bulldogs tip off with Iowa State this year at 6 p.m.