CEDAR FALLS – The UNI men’s basketball team moved to 13-2 on the season and 2-1 in the MVC after defeating Indiana State 68-60 on Tuesday night in the McLeod Center.
The Panthers moved away from their bread and butter, managing to defeat an MVC rival without a large number of three pointers made. The Panthers finished 3-15 from beyond the three point arc, the fewest number of made three’s in a Panther win.
The Panthers defense stepped up on Tuesday night, facing two of the league’s top players in Tyreke Key and Jordan Barnes. Key finished the night 5-12 from the field with 14 points and 3 assists while Barnes was 3-7 from the field for 7 total points.
Austin Phyfe finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points and hauling in 12 total rebounds. Phyfe went 6-8 from the field and grabbed a season high 7 offensive rebounds. Trae Berhow led the Panthers in scoring with 16 points, followed by AJ Green with 15 points.
Collectively the Panthers shot 51% from the field while converting on only 20% of their three point attempts. Led by Phyfe and Berhow, the Panthers scored 40 points in the paint while holding the Sycamores to 30 points.
-Austin Phyfe recorded a double-double: 13 points (6-8 fg-fga) and 12 rebounds (7 off, 5 def)
-Trae Berhow led the Panthers with 16 points (5-9 fg-fga).
-Isaiah Brown finished with 6 points while leading rhe Panthers with 2 steals.
-Panthers led for 34:42 minutes in the game.
-Game saw 6 lead changes.
The Panthers, now 13-2 will hit the road for a Saturday afternoon game with the Bears of Missouri State. The Bears are 7-8 on the season and 1-1 in the MVC with a game against Illinois State to play on Tuesday night. Saturday’s game will tip off at 3 PM and can be viewed on ESPN+.