MBB: MVC Week 7 Recap

After slipping two games under .500 in conference for the first time in 2018/19, the Panthers pounced on a chance to climb back to breakeven with a pair of wins last week.

The Cats mauled the Redbirds of Illinois State 77-64 on Wednesday at the McLeod Center.

UNI took a 12 point lead into halftime, behind 12 points from Trae Berhow and 11 from Spencer Haldeman. Three-point shots fell with regularity throughout the opening 20 minutes; the Panthers made nine of 14 tries from beyond the arc before halftime.

Adding seven more threes in the second half, UNI enjoyed a season-high 16 made attempts from long distance, shooting just under 47 percent from the field and 51.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Berhow finished with a team-high 20 points, going seven-for-eleven from the field and five-of-eight from three. Haldeman and AJ Green finished with 16 and 13 points respectively.

The Panthers followed up by pulling away from Evansville for a 73-58 road victory on Sunday, moving to 7-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference and into a four-way tie for fourth place.

Green made the first two shots for the Panthers, both three-pointers, and finished with 13 first-half points as UNI raced to a 14-point edge by intermission. The Panthers maintained a margin of four possessions or more throughout the second half.

Green finished with a team-high 21 making eight of his 15 field goal tries. Berhow recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Panthers remain on the road Wednesday visiting the Missouri State Bears at 7 p.m. The Bears are one of three conference co-leaders, tied with Loyola and Drake two games ahead of UNI in the standings.