Recap: Northern Iowa vs. Evansville
Cedar Falls, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Deon Mitchell and Seth Tuttle both notched 20 points for the Northern Iowa Panthers, who took down the Evansville Purple Aces, 95-81, in a Missouri Valley Conference clash at the McLeod Center.
Matt Bohannon scored 19 points for the Panthers (11-10, 5-4 MVC), who returned to the win column after losing in back-to-back games. Wes Washpun added 11 points for the hosts.
D.J. Balentine shot 10-of-19 from the field and 19-of-21 at the foul line for a school-record 43 points for the Purple Aces (10-12, 3-6), who have lost three of their last five. Blake Simmons was his only teammate in double figures with 11 points.
The Purple Aces shot a confident 57.1 percent from the field in the opening half and hit 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. At the other end, the Panthers shot 55.2 percent, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range, to take a 54-43 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Aces again made a better percentage of field goals, at 45.5 percent to their opponent's 41.4 percent. The Panthers had their perimeter game working again, however, hitting 8-of-16 as they cruised to victory
The Panthers drained 17 3-pointers and also outscored their opponent 14-8 in points off turnovers in the victory.Game Notes