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Wes Washpun Sinks Buzzer Beater To Send The Panthers Dancing As UNI Beats Evansville 56-54

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Wes Washpun  hit a jumper from just behind the free throw line as time expired to send the UNI Panthers back to the NCAA tournament.  The Panthers topped the Evansville Purple Aces 56-54 Sunday afternoon to win their second consecutive MVC Tournament championship and give them a birth in the NCAA Tournament.  Wes Washpun led the Panthers with 18 points and Klint Carlson pitched in with a career high of 17 off the bench.  The Panthers had terrific first half and built a 32-18 lead at the break.  The Aces fought back to tie it up late in the fourth but Washpun's jumper bounced up off the rim and in to send the Panthers dancing. UNI has now won 12 of their last 13 games which is impressive considering at one point in the season they had lost 11 of 13.  The Panthers will hear their NCAA tournament fate on selection Sunday, March 13th.

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