The UNI Panther men’s basketball team made the most of A.J. Green’s 16th straight double-digit scoring performance, defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders 63-51 Wednesday night in northwest Indiana.
Green led the Panthers with 19 points in the victory. UNI is now 20-3 this season and 9-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
UNI’s defense was the story in the early stages, holding the Crusaders to just 16.7 percent shooting from the field in the opening eight minutes of play. The Panthers led by as many as 20 before intermission and were on top by 15 at halftime.
UNI stayed out in front after the break, leading the game for a just over 39 minutes and never trailing.
Austin Phyfe recorded his sixth double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds
The Panthers will now host instate rival Drake in the McLeod Center on Saturday afternoon.