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UNI basketball shuts down Wayne State in 44-27 win

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by Mark Woodley

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)--  The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team used a stifling defensive effort to defeat Wayne State (Neb.), 44-27, tonight in an exhibition game at the McLeod Center.

UNI held Wayne State to just 28 percent shooting on the night, including 2-for-19 (11 percent) from three-point range. In addition, the Panthers forced 27 Wildcat turnovers, with 13 of those coming on UNI steals. WSC made just 11 total field goals on the night and had just two assists. The Panthers connected on 30 percent of their field goals, but were able to make seven three-pointers and turned the ball over just seven times.

The Panthers got balanced scoring, as six players had between five and eight points on the night, including all five starters. Forward Adam Koch led the way with eight points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Johnny Moran, playing in his first college game, had seven points, five steals and two assists. Guards Ali Farokhmanesh, Travis Brown and Brian Haak each added six points for UNI.

UNI got off to a hot start to the game, as Moran and Brown each hit three-pointers in the opening minutes. A Farokmanesh steal led to a Koch layup in transition, and Moran followed with a steal and layup of his own to give the Panthers a 10-2 lead just four minutes in.

After Wayne State pulled within 12-7 with 14:21 left, UNI really put on the defensive clamps. It allowed just one Wildcat basket the rest of the first half, holding WSC scoreless for nearly 12 minutes. Farokhmanesh hit a pair of deep three-pointers, and Moran had another steal and layup right before the halftime buzzer, as UNI built a 22-9 lead at the break.

UNI kept up the defensive intensity early in the second half. It allowed just four Wayne State points in the first nine minutes coming out of the locker room, pushing its lead to 31-13, as Koch had a pair of layups and Kerwin Dunham nailed a three-pointer. The Panthers maintained their double-digit lead throughout the second stanza, building its advantage to as many as 22 points en route to the 44-27 win.

The Panthers open their regular-season this Saturday (Nov. 15), playing host to the University of Denver. Tipoff time from the McLeod Center is set for Noon. All kids 16 and under will receive free admission to that game.

Online Reporter: Mark Woodley

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