ALLEGANY, N.Y – UNI men’s basketball knocked off its first ranked opponent of the year with a 90-80 win over No. 16 St. Bonaventure.
The Panthers (2-3) handed the Bonnies their first loss of the season (5-1). While there were several lead changes in the first half, UNI led the entire second half by as much as 19 points.
AJ Green tied his career high of 35 points, which he last set Jan. 4, 2020. Green now has 1,265 points as a Panther, which ranks him No. 14 on the all-time scoring list for the UNI program.
UNI got 15 points of its bench, and scored nine points off St. Bonaventure turnovers.
UNI shot 51.6% and was 15-31 in three-point shots (48.4%). The Panthers out-rebounded the Bonnies, 41-29. Tywhon Pickford led the Panthers in rebounding with a season-high of nine. Nate Heise notched seven of his rebounds, also a season-high for him.
The Panthers are 19-44 all-time against opponents ranked in the AP top-25 poll. UNI’s last win against a top-25 program was against No. 23 Colorado on Dec. 10, 2019. It was UNI’s 10th win against a top-25 team as a Missouri Valley Conference member.
Ben Jacobson improves to 303-192 for a career coaching record.
UNI is 68-8 when scoring 80 points or more under Jacobson.