CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The No. 25-ranked University of Northern Iowa men's basketball squad claimed its second-ever mythical state championship with a 67-51 victory over the visiting Drake Bulldogs on Wednesday night in the McLeod Center.
UNI's only previous mythical state title came in the 1997-98 season. The Panthers improved to 18-2 overall and 9-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while the Bulldogs fell to 10-12 overall and 5-5 in the league. The Panther win snapped the Bulldogs' five-game win streak.
The Panthers were paced by a 14 points from senior forward Adam Koch and a 9-point, 9-rebound effort from junior forward Lucas O'Rear. UNI's Jordan Eglseder and Ali Farokhmanesh also netted 10 points in the game.
Drake was led by Josh Young's 12 points and Adam Templeton's 10 points.
UNI will return to back Saturday at Missouri State. The Panthers and Bears will take to JQH Arena at 2:05 p.m.
Online reporter Mark Woodley