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18th ranked Panthers dominate #12 Wichita State, jump into MVC lead

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

 UNI didn't just beat #12 Wichita State on Saturday, the 18th ranked Panthers bloodied the Shockers. UNI took control in the first half and rolled to a decisive 70-54 victory. The win puts the Panthers and Shockers in a tie on top of the Missouri Valley Conference standings.

Seth Tuttle led the way with a career high 29 points.  Wes Washpun added 16 in the win. UNI (20-2, 9-1 MVC) shot 5 of 7 from the 3 point line.

The game turned the Panthers way with under 9 minutes to go in the first half. With the contest tied 18-18, Nate Buss and Matt Bohannon hit back to back three pointers. That started off a 19-6 UNI run to end the half. The Panthers led 37-24 at the break and never looked back.

Their defense also proved to be a formidable force. UNI held Wichita State (19-3, 9-1 MVC) to just 35% shooting from the floor in the game.

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