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Evansville stuns UNI, 52-49 in Valley opener

Valley Stunner: Evansville upsets 23rd ranked UNI, 52-49

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 For a time Thursday night, it had the look of a potential blowout for the UNI Panthers. The Evansville Purple Aces had other ideas at the Ford Center. 

The Panthers bolted to a 16-point first half lead and led at half by 10. But, Evansville rallied to upset the 23rd ranked Panthers, 52-49, in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams. 

Evansville outscored the Panthers 32-19 in the second half, led by leading scorer, D.J. Balentine, who averages 22-points a game. 

Jeremy Morgan held Balentine to just 4, first-half points, but Balentine got hot in the second half and led the Aces with 17. 

Evansville's big man, Egidius Mockevicius, finished with 12-points and 13-rebounds, and picked up his 9th double-double of the young season.

Seth Tuttle led the Panthers with 18, before fouling out late in the game. 

The upset loss drops UNI to 11-2 on the season, while Evansville improves to 11-2. 

UNI plays host to Loyola Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the McLeod Center.

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