UNI holds off Bradley

CEDAR FALLS — Jeremy Morgan and Bennett Koch each scored 18 points and Northern Iowa held off fast-closing Bradley 64-61 on Wednesday night.

Northern Iowa led by 10 with five minutes left, but Bradley pulled within two after a dunk by Donte Thomas with 2:17 to go and despite Northern Iowa missing all three of its final shots, Koch sank 3 of 4 free throws to hold on for the win.

Jordan Ashton added 11 points for Northern Iowa (14-12, 9-6 Missouri Valley Conference) which avenged a January loss to Bradley, has won nine of its last 10 and is seeking to become the first MVC school since 1924-25 to start 0-5 in conference and finish above .500.

Bradley, which has lost three straight, trimmed its deficit to 61-59 on Thomas’ dunk but committed turnovers on its next two possessions and the Braves managed only two Darrell Brown free throws in the last two-plus minutes. Bradley still had a chance, but a potential tying 3-pointer missed as time expired.

JoJo McGlaston led Bradley (9-19, 4-11) with 15 points and Nate Kennell added 13.

N. IOWA 64, BRADLEY 61

At Cedar Falls

BRADLEY (9-19) — Thomas 2-4 3-4 7, Bar 3-6 1-1 7, Kennell 4-6 1-2 13, D.Brown 2-13 3-3 7, Hodgson 1-2 0-0 2, van Bree 3-5 1-1 8, Barker 1-1 0-0 2, Pittman 0-4 0-0 0, McGlaston 5-11 4-4 15. TOTALS 21-52 13-15 61.

N. IOWA (14-12) — Carlson 3-6 0-0 6, Koch 5-8 8-9 18, Morgan 6-12 2-2 18, Ashton 4-8 0-0 11, McCloud 2-6 0-2 4, McDonnell 1-3 0-0 2, Friedman 0-0 0-0 0, Rhodes 1-3 2-2 5, Haldeman 0-1 0-1 0, I.Brown 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 22-47 12-16 64.

Halftime–Bradley 34-31. 3-Point Goals–Bradley 6-18 (Kennell 4-5, van Bree 1-2, McGlaston 1-4, Pittman 0-1, D.Brown 0-6), N. Iowa 8-20 (Morgan 4-7, Ashton 3-6, Rhodes 1-3, Carlson 0-1, McCloud 0-1, McDonnell 0-1, Haldeman 0-1). Fouled Out–van Bree. Rebounds–Bradley 32 (Hodgson 7), N. Iowa 22 (Morgan 7). Assists–Bradley 9 (Kennell, D.Brown 3), N. Iowa 14 (Morgan, Ashton 4). Total Fouls–Bradley 19, N. Iowa 16. A–4,225.