|Date of game: 12/28/2013
Recap: Northern Iowa vs. Iona
Cedar Falls, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Deon Mitchell led the way with a game- high 20 points, as the Northern Iowa Panthers defeated the Iona Gaels, 90-78, in a non-conference matchup at the McLeod Center.
Nate Buss added 19 points for the Panthers (6-6), while Chip Rank chipped in 14 points and Seth Tuttle posted a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Mitchell dished out seven assists for the home team.
For the Gaels (5-6), Ryden Hines paced the squad with 19 points, while Sean Armand finished with 18 points, DaShawn Gomez tallied 14 points and Mike Poole scored 11, as they lost their fourth straight contest.
Northern Iowa shot well to start the game, knocking down 53.1 percent of its field goal tries in the first half, including 9-of-19 from 3-point range, as the Panthers took a slim 49-47 lead at the break. Iona shot even better at 60 percent from the field and 9-of-16 from beyond the arc.
After the break, UNI continued its strong shooting performance, hitting on 50 percent from the field. Conversely, Iona struggled from the floor in the second half, making only 34.5 percent of its field goal tries. The Panthers used a 19-2 run early in the second period to take control of the contest. The Gaels got no closer than six the rest of the way, as the Panthers cruised to victory.
The Panthers scored 13 points off of 12 Iona turnovers while giving up just four points on their own 12 miscues. UNI outscored Iona in the paint, 26-20.Game Notes