Koch powers Panthers past UNLV in OT

CEDAR FALLS — Bennett Koch poured in 30 points, Northern Iowa missed a chance to win in regulation, but the Panthers dominated in overtime to upend previously unbeaten UNLV 77-68 Wednesday night.

Koch, whose 30 points is a career high, made a jump shot to pull Northern Iowa (6-2) to 61-60 inside the final minute of regulation. Klint Carlson stole the ball from UNLV, Koch was fouled and made one to tie, but missed the second with 16 seconds left. UNLV’s Jordan Johnson’s final shot didn’t fall and the teams went overtime.

Koch scored five in the extra period, including a dunk that gave the Panthers a 68-63 lead.

Carlson opened overtime with a layup and scored six of his career-high 23 points in the period. Carlson and Koch each had three steals for the Panthers, who scored 19 points off 20 UNLV turnovers.

UNLV (6-1) had its best start in six seasons, but 22 fouls gave UNI 27 chances at the free throw line and the Panthers made 21.

Kris Clyburn led the Runnin’ Rebels with 20 points, Shakur Juston scored 13 before fouling out and Jovan Mooring added 10 but was held to 3-for-17 shooting.

NORTHERN IOWA 77, UNLV 68, OT

At Cedar Falls

UNLV (6-1) — Juiston 6-11 0-0 13, McCoy 4-5 1-3 9, Clyburn 7-8 4-4 20, Johnson 2-12 2-2 7, Mooring 3-17 2-3 10, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Beck 1-2 0-0 3, Mbacke Diong 1-1 0-0 2, Dembele 1-3 0-0 2, Hardy 1-3 0-0 2. TOTALS 26-62 9-12 68.

N. IOWA (6-2) — Carlson 10-22 3-4 23, Koch 10-19 10-13 30, Pickford 1-8 3-4 5, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, McCloud 1-6 3-4 5, Phyfe 0-1 0-0 0, McDonnell 0-1 0-0 0, Friedman 0-0 0-0 0, Haldeman 2-5 2-2 7, Rhodes 3-3 0-0 7. TOTALS 27-66 21-27 77.

Halftime–N. Iowa 34-29. End Of Regulation–Tied 61. 3-Point Goals–UNLV 7-20 (Clyburn 2-2, Mooring 2-10, Beck 1-1, Juiston 1-1, Johnson 1-6), N. Iowa 2-14 (Rhodes 1-1, Haldeman 1-4, Phyfe 0-1, Brown 0-1, Carlson 0-1, McCloud 0-2, Pickford 0-4). Fouled Out–Phyfe, Juiston. Rebounds–UNLV 41 (Juiston 13), N. Iowa 34 (Pickford 12). Assists–UNLV 10 (Johnson 5), N. Iowa 5 (Brown 2). Total Fouls–UNLV 22, N. Iowa 15. A–4,546.