UNI (17-12 overall) received a career-high 18 points from freshman Deon Mitchell and junior guard Anthony James contributed 10 points off the bench.
VCU (23-6 overall) had four players in double figures, including a double-double from Juvonte Reddic with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
UNI shot 55.6 percent from the field, including 9-of-17 from 3-point land in the loss. The Panthers did tie a season high with 19 turnovers.
UNI will return home to play its final home game of the regular season on Wednesday against Bradley. The game will mark the final home game of senior Johnny Moran’s career. Tip is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the McLeod Center.
NOTES: Johnny Moran scored eight points and has tallied 999 points in his Panther career … Mitchell also tied a career-high with six assists … UNI’s two freshman shot all 13 free throws in the game as the Panthers went 9-for-13 at the line … VCU had its 17th straight sellout with 7,617 fans in attendance.