A loss on the road and a win at home kept the UNI Panther men’s basketball team at .500 in conference play.
Southern Illinois outdistanced the Panthers 70-62 in Carbondale Wednesday.
UNI gained an early lead against the Salukis, leading by as many as 21 points in the first half. The Panthers recorded 13 points on eight forced turnovers and shot 50 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
However, the Salukis went on a 15-2 run to start the second half. Southern Illinois fought all the way back to tie the game with 8:41 remaining and took the lead at the eight minute mark, eventually outscoring the Panthers 51-27 in the latter 20 minutes.
AJ Green finished the night with 22 points.
Saturday, UNI hosted the Evansville Purple Aces, and it was the Panthers making a dramatic second half comeback for an 81-74 win.
The Aces were up at halftime and extended their lead to 48-39 after five minutes. The Panthers responded with a run to reclaim the lead with nine minutes to play. UNI outscored Evansville 50-38 in the second half.
Spencer Haldeman ended the night with a career-high 24 points, 21 coming in the second half, while Trae Berhow tied his career mark, dropping 19 points. Berhow finished the night with a double-double, hauling in 10 rebounds.
UNI faces the defending conference champion Loyola Ramblers on the road Wednesday.