CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (Nov. 19, 2006) - Four starters scored in double-figures to lead Northern Iowa to a 69-58 victory over the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee on Sunday. The host Panthers (3-1) used a 17-2 run early in the second half to take control of the game against Milwaukee (1-4).
Paige Paulsen led Milwaukee with 14 points, all coming in the second half. For UNI, Eric Coleman had a game-high 15 points, with Brooks McKowen (12), Travis Brown (11) and Jared Josten (10) all in double-digits.
"Well, it's simple - points in the paint [UWM was outscored 44-30] is the story of the game," UWM head coach Rob Jeter said. "They dominated us in the paint. That was the biggest difference."
Coming out of intermission, UNI added a free-throw to extend its lead to 29 20. UWM battled right back, getting a lay-up by Marcus Skinner and a three-pointer by Paige Paulsen to get back within four at 29-25 less than a minute into the second half.
At that point, UNI went on that 17-2 run to take a 46-27 lead at the 13:07 mark that essentially put the game away. The team made eight of 10 shots in the six-minute spurt, taking its largest lead of the game at the time.
Milwaukee battled back on several occasions, getting within 13 on numerous occasions, including at 56-43 on a lay-up by Paulsen with 6:24 remaining. Every time the Panthers would put a dent on the lead, UNI would battle back to rebuilt the edge. They led 62-43 before UWM scored 15 of the game's final 22 points in the 69-58 decision.
A slow start hurt Milwaukee again, as it shot 30.8% in the first half to the 52.0% of Northern Iowa. The quick-paced game saw both teams go up and down the court in transition, with UNI holding a 22-to-eight edge in points in the paint in the first half.
After falling behind by 12 points at 26-14 with just under four minutes remaining in the half, the Panthers went on a quick 6-0 run, getting jumpers from Ricky Franklin, Avery Smith and Allan Hanson to climb back within six at 26-20.
The hosts had jumped out to a quick 10-4 start on the strength of 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. After a 30-second timeout UWM regrouped quickly, getting within two at 12-10 on three-pointers by Kevin Massiah at 12:51 mark and Allan Hanson with 11:08 to play in the first half.
Just as quickly UNI went on a run of its own, outscoring UWM 10-2 in the next five minutes to take back a 10-point cushion at 22-12.
- From UWM Media -