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College Basketball: UNI men’s basketball falls at BYU in NIT second round, 90-71

PROVO, Utah – UNI men’s basketball struggled to slow down the BYU offense on Saturday night as the Panthers fell to the Cougars at the Marriott Center in the National Invitation Tournament’s (NIT) second round.

The Panthers end the 2021-22 season with a 20-12 record, while the Cougars improve to 24-10.

UNI jumped out to a quick start with a strong performance from beyond the three-point arc, but BYU also found an early spark from distance, shooting 9-of-18 from distance in the first half. The Panthers played a fairly clean half with just 6 team fouls, but struggled to slow down the Cougars in scoring opportunities off turnovers and in the paint. UNI would cut BYU’s 8-point lead down to 5 points with under a second to play in the period, as Trae Berhow sank 3 free throws following a late foul, sending the Panthers into the locker room behind by a score of 47-42.

The Panthers cut the Cougar lead down to a single possession early in the second half, attacking the paint with Noah Carter inside. BYU continued to dominate from three-point range with a 14-7 run to open the period. UNI was held to 38.7% shooting from the field in the second half and struggled to slow down the Cougar’s speed and ability to get excellent looks down the stretch as BYU stretched the lead to as many as 21 points late.

Noah Carter finished the night with a team-high 24 points with 5 rebounds. AJ Green scored 16 points with 4 made three-point baskets, while Trae Berhow notched 13 points and a game-high 7 rebounds. Bowen Born and Tyhwon Pickford both scored 7 points for the Panthers, with Austin Phyfe posted 4 points in the paint.

PANTHER NOTES

BYU outscored UNI 21-7 off of 12 Panther turnovers, and outscored UNI 38-28 in the paint.

The Panthers finish the season with a single-season program record for free throw percentage (78.8%).

UNI ends the season with 2,383 total points scored, 4th most in a season in program history.

Trae Berhow finishes his collegiate career with 1,239 total points scored at UNI, tied with Pete Spoden (1959-64) for 17th most in program history. Berhow also finishes 3rd in school history with 223 made three-point field goals for UNI.

Tywhon Pickford’s 7 points against BYU give him a final total of 791 points in his career, tied for 70th in school history with Brian Bestul (1969-73).

Noah Carter’s 24-point performance against the Cougars gives him 876 on his career, moving him to 60th on the program’s all-time scoring list ahead of Steve Peters (1977-81).

Bowen Born became the 110th member of UNI’s 500-point club, scoring his 502nd career point on Saturday night.

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