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UNI men down North Dakota, 64-52

unnamedCEDAR FALLS – University of Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson become the school’s all-time wins leader on Saturday when the Panthers recorded a 64-52 victory over the University of North Dakota in the McLeod Center.

The victory was No. 167 in Jacobson’s nine-year coaching career – surpassing O.M. “Hon” Nordly’s total of 166 wins from 1938-43, 1946-54.

The Panthers used a career-high tying 24 points from senior Seth Tuttle and 15 points off the bench from junior Wes Washpun to put away UND.

UND held a 15-9 lead with 12:02 left in the first half on a bucket from Terrel de Rouen. UNI tied the game 15-15 on a 6-0. The Panthers trailed 24-21 with 3:16 left in the half, but was able to respond and took a 31-29 advantage into the intermission.

UND knotted it up at 31-31 to begin the second half on a basket by Chad Calcaterra. UNI used a 9-0 run to push the margin to 40-31 with 15:01 left in the second half. The Panther run was capped by a three-pointer from Nate Buss.

UNI’s Deon Mitchell scored with 7:58 left in the game to give the Panthers a 12-point lead at 50-38. UND could only get to within nine points the rest of the way as the Panthers posted the 12-point win at 64-52.

UNI will be in action again on Tuesday at 8 a.m. on the road against Stephen F. Austin. The game is a part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN2.

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