Recap: Saint Josephs vs. Northern Iowa
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Seth Tuttle scored a career-high 23 points, but it was his two free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining that proved to be the difference, as Northern Iowa captured a thrilling 67-65 win over Saint Joseph's in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at Hagan Arena.
Tuttle hit on 9-of-10 at the free-throw line and also cleared a team-best 11 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Panthers (20-13), while Marc Sonnen added 15 points and Deon Mitchell 10 in the triumph.
The second-seeded Hawks (20-14) were paced by Carl Jones with a game-high 24 points, while C.J. Aiken tacked on 16. Halil Kanacevic was responsible for nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the setback.
In the first half the Panthers shot a mere 8-of-33 from the floor, including 1-of-11 behind the three-point line, yet the visitors still only trailed by two points at the break, 24-22. Saint Joseph's made good on only 37.0 percent from the field in the period, 1-of-9 out on the perimeter.
A dunk by Ronald Roberts with seven seconds remaining in regulation allowed the Hawks to knot the score at 65-65, but at the other end Tuttle connected on a pair of crucial free throws in the waning moments for the visitors.
The Hawks had one last opportunity to tie or win the game, but Kanacevic threw the ball the length of the court and at the other end the hosts stepped out of bounds and that essentially ended the contest.
UNI, which turned the ball over just five times and held a 41-34 edge on the glass, advances to the second round of the event to take on third-seeded Drexel.Game Notes