CEDAR FALLS – Three-point shots fell aplenty as the UNI Panthers beat the Richmond Spiders, 78-73, snapping a four-game skid on Wednesday night in non-conference action inside the McLeod Center.
All 11 active Panthers scored as Northern Iowa knocked down a season-high 12 three-point field goals on 45% overall shooting with the Panthers controlling the offensive rebound battle in the second half.
With the victory, head coach Ben Jacobson also made history with his 338th career win, passing former Creighton/Saint Louis coach Eddie Hickey for the second on the Missouri Valley Conference’s (MVC) all-time wins list.
Henry P. Iba (Oklahoma State) – 486
Ben Jacobson (UNI) – 338
Eddie Hickey (Creighton/Saint Louis) – 337
Dana Altman (Creighton) – 327
Barry Hinson (Missouri State/Southern Illinois) -285
Gregg Marshall (Wichita State) – 261
Rich Herrin (Southern Illinois) – 225
Ralph Miller (Wichita State) – 220
Porter Moser (Illinois State/Loyola-Chicago) – 217
Maury John (Drake) – 211
The Panthers poured on the three-point shot in the opening half, knocking down seven baskets from beyond the arc with a 38.9% shooting clip. UNI grabbed an early seven-point lead on the Spiders as Richmond’s interior speed helped the Spiders find success inside the paint, shooting 55.56% from the floor. Northern Iowa would erase a ten-point deficit by turning defensive stops into offense, with Trey Campbell racking up nine first-half points and Nate Heise scoring seven points. UNI’s defense would step up to the plate with six steals, including a pair by Kyle Pock, as well as two blocked shots. Tied at 39-39 with under a minute to play in the first period, Richmond’s Neal Quinn gave the Spiders a late lead to send the Panthers to the locker room trailing by two.
UNI held Richmond scoreless on its first three possessions of the second stanza while the Panther offense scored on back-to-back triples by Campbell and Bowen Born. The Spiders would inch closer as Northern Iowa found itself in early foul trouble by putting Richmond into the bonus less than six and a half minutes in the period, but the Panthers would clean up the glass in dominant fashion in the final half, outrebounding the Spiders 22-13 in the final 20 minutes. Shifting its offense to inside the paint in the second period, UNI shot 46.7% from the floor, while effectively shutting down Richmond from beyond the arc. The Panther defense racked up another three steals and scored 18 second-half points off five Spider turnovers, holding onto the lead for the majority of the final period to secure the five-point win.
Campbell capped his career night with a career-high 21-point performance with a career-best six made three-point baskets. Born tied his season-best in both points (17) and assists (4), while Nate Heise’s efforts on both ends of the floor resulted in 13 points and five rebounds. Tytan Anderson pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds and four assists along with four points, with Jacob Hutson grabbing six boards and scoring five points. Cole Henry also dished out a season-best four assists.
UNI improves to 2-4 in the all-time series with the Spiders after Wednesday’s win, its first against Richmond since the first ever meeting between the programs back on Nov. 30, 2014 at home (55-50).
The Panthers outrebounded the Spiders 10-5 in offense boards in Wednesday’s victory.
Tytan Anderson has scored at least one point in 41 consecutive games, the longest streak among active Panthers.
Bowen Born’s 17 points against Richmond move him ahead of Maurice Newby (1986-91), Randy Blocker (1992-94) and Cedric McCullough (1988-92) into 25th on UNI’s all-time scoring list.
Born also passed Marc Sonnen (2009-13) for sixth on the program’s all-time three-point shot attempts list with his seven three-point attempts. He also broke a tie with Darian DeVries for tenth in school history with 168 made three-point shots.
The Panthers hit the road this Saturday, December 9 to take on the Toledo Rockets in non-conference play. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT at Savage Arena in northwest Ohio with live coverage available on ESPN+ and the Panther Sports Radio Network.