Panthers' potent offense too much for Duhawks
Tue, Dec. 20, 2011 - [Men's Basketball]

UNI 84, Loras 48

 

The Loras College men's basketball team was in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Monday for a rare Division III/Division I regular season battle against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. When the final buzzer sounded, the hosts looked up at a 36-point victory over the Duhawks, 84-48.

 

While the Duhawks' uphill battle provided some costly turnovers and undersized matchups, it also provided some bright spots and 40 full minutes of maximum effort from the visitors. All told, 10 different Duhawks cracked the scoring column.

 

The Panthers opened the scoring and held early leads of 7-2 and 17-4. Loras chipped away at the lead with a few short runs, but failed to get within more than 18 points in the second half. The lead hovered around 20 points from the late parts of the first way half until the midway point of the second half.

 

The Duhawks managed three points in a middle portion of the second half when the offense slowed down as the hosts extended the lead and kept the Duhawks at a safe distance.

 

Individually for Loras, Cedar Falls native Tim Kelly scored a team high 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Seven of those points came in an efficient 3-for-5 first half.

 

Jordan Harrelson was next for the Duhawks with seven points. He battled early foul trouble and provided one of the offensive highlights for the Duhawks when he drove to the basket and threw down a dunk midway through the second half.

 

Brian Gaughan knocked down a pair of three-point efforts to finish with six points and Ryan Coon came off the bench to add six points of his own. Aaron Schueller scored five points off the bench.

 

Loras turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, leading to 22 Panthers' points, helping them build their 21-point halftime lead. The Duhawks finished 18-of-51 from the field (35%) to the Panthers' 29-of-56 (51%).

   

Loras fell to 2-9 with the loss. Northern Iowa extended their winning streak to nine games and moved to 10-1 with the win.