UNI led most of the way Tuesday, but the West Virginia Mountaineers came on strong at the end and dealt the Panthers their first loss of the season.
Playing in Cancun during a holiday tournament, West Virginia topped UNI 60-55.
Mile McBride came off the Mountaineers’ bench to lead all scorers with 18 points. Isaiah Brown paced the Panthers with 15.
UNI led into the final minute, but a West Virginia tip-in after a missed free throw swung the score permanently into the Mountaineers’ favor.
The Panthers take on South Carolina today, with the HomeOfThePanthers.com pregame show beginning at 4 p.m.