Northern Iowa holds off D-III Dubuque with FTs

CEDAR FALLS — A.J. Green scored 20 points and Northern Iowa made 28 free throws to turn away Division III Dubuque, 75-67 in a nonconference game on Saturday afternoon.

On Ugly Sweater Night, the Panthers (4-5) bounced back after a loss to South Dakota State at the U.S. Bank Stadium Classic, the site of this season’s Final Four.

Marcus McDaniel hit a jumper with just under two minutes left to get Dubuque within five points, 66-61, but Northern Iowa scored nine points from the free-throw line in the final 1:31 to put the game away.

Luke McDonnell finished with 14 points for Northern Iowa. The Panthers, who lead the Missouri Valley Conference in free-throw percentage at just over 75 percent, converted 28 of 37 attempts (76 percent) from the line.

McDaniel had 13 points for the Spartans (5-3), while Michael Williams and Avery Butler both scored 10 before fouling out.

NORTHERN IOWA 75, DUBUQUE 67

At Cedar Falls

DUBUQUE (0-1) — Williams 4-5 0-0 10, Butler 3-6 2-2 10, Ragen 2-9 0-0 6, McDaniel 4-13 3-4 13, Newsome 1-4 2-2 4, Bentley 1-1 0-0 3, Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Barker 2-7 1-1 6, Beckert 0-0 0-0 0, Burger 1-6 0-0 3, Evans 1-3 0-0 2, Hundley 0-0 0-0 0, Daugherty 3-6 0-0 8, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Daniels 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 23-62 8-9 67.

N. IOWA (4-5) — McDonnell 4-7 6-10 14, Green 6-11 4-4 20, Berhow 1-4 1-3 3, Lohaus 3-8 2-2 9, Brown 2-6 7-8 11, Goldman 0-1 3-4 3, Holterhaus 0-0 0-0 0, Haynes 0-0 0-0 0, Pickford 3-3 0-0 6, Wentzien 2-4 4-4 8, Haldeman 0-1 1-2 1. TOTALS 21-45 28-37 75.

Halftime–Dubuque 36-34. 3-Point Goals–Dubuque 13-34 (Williams 2-2, Daugherty 2-3, Butler 2-5, Ragen 2-6, McDaniel 2-6, Bentley 1-1, Burger 1-4, Barker 1-4, Thompson 0-1, Newsome 0-2), UNI 5-19 (Green 4-7, Lohaus 1-3, Goldman 0-1, Berhow 0-1, Haldeman 0-1, McDonnell 0-1, Wentzien 0-2, Brown 0-3). Fouled Out–Williams, Butler. Rebounds–Dubuque 29 (McDaniel 6), UNI 32 (Berhow, Brown, McDonnell 6). Assists–Dubuque 14 (Burger 3), UNI 7 (Haldeman, Brown 2). Total Fouls–Dubuque 26, UNI 10. Technicals–Newsome, Berhow. A–3,314 (6,650).