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Panthers pummel St. Ambrose for first win

NORTHERN IOWA ATHLETICS - UNI sophomore forward Noah Carter (35) attacks the basket against St. Ambrose defender Nathan Moeller during the first half of Friday’s college basketball game in Cedar Falls.

CEDAR FALLS — Five players scored in double figures for the Northern Iowa men’s basketball team and the Panthers picked up their first win of the season, an easy 98-53 victory over St. Ambrose on Friday night at the McLeod Center.

Trae Berhow led all players with 18 points for UNI (1-3), which jumped out to a 52-27 halftime lead over the Fighting Bees (1-1). Noah Carter added 17 points, Bowen Born scored 16 points, James Betz chipped in 14 off the bench and Nate Heise finished with 11 points and a team-leading nine rebounds.

The Panthers forced St. Ambrose into 22 turnovers and held the Fighting Bees to 2-for-25 shooting from 3-point range.

Michael Williams led St. Ambrose, an NAIA school, with nine points. John Kerr had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Northern Iowa 98, St. Ambrose 53

ST. AMBROSE (1-1) — Williams 4-12 1-3 9, Kazanecki 3-8 0-0 6, Kerr 4-7 0-0 8, Kaczmarek 2-4 0-0 5, Schols 1-4 0-0 2, Friel 2-7 4-4 8, Kizer 2-6 0-0 4, Moeller 4-6 0-0 8, Rohr 1-5 0-0 3, Affolter 0-1 0-0 0, Kalmas 0-1 0-0 0, Torrey 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 23-62 5-8 53.

N. IOWA (1-3) — Carter 6-11 4-4 17, Phyfe 3-6 0-1 6, Berhow 7-9 1-2 19, Born 7-19 1-1 16, Pickford 2-3 1-1 5, Heise 3-4 4-4 11, Gauger 2-5 0-0 4, Betz 6-9 0-0 14. TOTALS 38-73 12-16 98.

Halftime–UNI 52-27. 3-Point Goals–St. Ambrose 2-25 (Kaczmarek 1-2, Rohr 1-3, Affolter 0-1, Kazanecki 0-1, Friel 0-2, Moeller 0-2, Schols 0-2, Kerr 0-3, Kizer 0-3, Williams 0-6), UNI 10-27 (Berhow 4-6, Betz 2-3, Heise 1-2, Carter 1-4, Born 1-8, Phyfe 0-1, Gauger 0-2). Rebounds–St. Ambrose 32 (Kerr 10), UNI 41 (Heise 9). Assists–St. Ambrose 9 (Friel 3), UNI 16 (Berhow 5). Total Fouls–St. Ambrose 17, UNI 11.

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