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College Basketball: UNI defeats Southern Illinois, 64-52

This news story was published on February 24, 2020.
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CEDAR FALLS – Sophomore Austin Phyfe led the Panthers to a 64-52 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis on Sunday night. UNI has now moved to a 23-5 overall record and sit at 12-4 in MVC play.

The Panthers trailed the Salukis 34-26 after the first half. UNI lead by 13 points but were unable to hold off a late 23-5 Saluki run, giving them the eight-point lead at halftime. The Panthers shot 11-33 from the field and 4-13 from behind the arc. Austin Phyfe finished the first half with 8 points and 9 rebounds.

The Panthers came to play in the second half, a huge 20-0 run lasting from 11:10 – 3:58 in the second half sparking the Panthers offense. UNI’s largest lead of the game was 17 points with 3:43 left to play. The Panthers shot 46.4% from the field and 42.9% from behind the arc.

Austin Phyfe had a career game, hauling in a career-high 18 rebounds along with totaling 17 points, 5 assists and two blocks. Isaiah Brown finished with 15 points and added 2 steals. Sophomore AJ Green finished with 9 points, bringing his season point total to 555, ranking 9th best in a single season at UNI.

Sunday’s game served as the team’s Senior Night, honoring five Panther student-athletes. Seniors Lincoln Conrey, Justin Dahl, Isaiah Brown, Spencer Haldeman and Luke McDonnell were honored by Coach Jacobson and Panther fans following the game.

Austin Phyfe recorded his 8th double-double of the season
Austin Phyfe records a career-high 18 rebounds, scored 17 points and recorded 5 assists and 2 blocks.
Austin Phyfe hauled in 11 offensive rebounds.
Isaiah Brown finished with 15 points shooting 6-12 from the field
AJ Green now ranks 9th in single-season points with 555.

The Panthers will host the Purple Aces of Evansville on Wednesday, February 26th. The Purple Aces are 9-19 overall and 0-15 in the MVC. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. in the McLeod Center and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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