UNI Wins First Outright MVC Title, 70-52 Over Creighton - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

UNI Wins First Outright MVC Title, 70-52 Over Creighton

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(Cedar Falls)(KWWL)The No. 24-ranked University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team clinched the program's first-ever Missouri Valley Conference with a 70-52 victory over the Creighton Bluejays in the McLeod Center.

The Panthers drained 13 3-pointers and committed only six turnovers in improving to 23-3 overall and 14-2 in MVC play. The 14 league wins ties a school record, which the Panthers set last season at 14-4. Creighton dropped to 13-14 overall and 8-8 in league play.

The Bluejays jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before a quick timeout from Panther head coach Ben Jacobson at the 18:02 mark of the first half. The Panthers responded with a 9-0 run to take a 9-7 lead following a layup by sophomore guard Johnny Moran with 15:28 remaining in the half.

Creighton knotted the score at 9-9 on a jumper from Kenny Lawson Jr.

The Panthers eventually turned the 7-0 deficit into a 28-5 run of their own to claim a 28-12 lead following a 3-pointer from Moran. During the Panthers' run, senior guard Ali Farokhmanesh buried his first four 3-pointers of the game. UNI hit six triples during the 28-5 run.

UNI held Creighton without a basket from the 13:43 mark to the 6:04 mark of the first half. During that stretch, UNI outscored Creighton by the count of 14-3.

The Panthers continued their 3-point assault in the second half by knocking down seven more triples in the final 20 minutes. UNI had six different players make 3-pointers in the contest, including five from Farokhmanesh and three from Moran.

A Jake Koch 3-pointer with 6:18 to go gave the Panthers their biggest lead of the game at 64-42.

Farokhmanesh and Moran tied for team-high honors with 17 points.

Creighton was led by Antoine Young's 13 points. Justin Carter chipped in

11 points and Lawson Jr. tossed in 10 points.

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