When the Indiana State men’s basketball team defeated Southern Illinois on Wednesday, the Salukis had five points at the first media timeout, which occurs at the first break after the 16-minute mark.

When ISU played No. 25 Northern Iowa on Saturday, the Panthers had 17 at the first media timeout.

And UNI never stopped scoring.

Unlike Wednesday, when solving SIU’s defense was a key, getting defensive stops was paramount against UNI, and the Sycamores weren’t up to the task, falling 83-56 in their final trip to the UNI-Dome.

It was UNI’s first victory as a ranked team, six days after reaching the national rankings for the first time in school history. ISU (9-12, 2-11) lost its 12th game in 13 tries.

“Northern played really well and we did a poor job of finding their shooters. They made 6 of 9 to start the game and from there it was pretty much over,” ISU Coach Royce Waltman said.

The Panthers (20-4, 10-3) made 12 of 16 to start the contest, surging to a 32-22 lead just over 10 minutes into the game, and setting an offensive pace the Sycamores could not hope to match.

The shots came from everywhere. It started inside with Grant Stout and Eric Coleman creating opportunities in the lane, the UNI frontcourt pair accounted for seven of UNI’s first 12 points. Then the Panther guards got into the act, with John Little, Ben Jacobson and Jared Josten each hitting 3-pointers to help put UNI up 24-18 at the 12:50 mark.

“When we make shots, its when we go inside-outside. We get the ball inside first, they double them, and then they find us on the perimeter, which makes it an easier shot for us,” Little said.

ISU’s saving grace to that point had been its ability to make its own shots, but then the offense dried up, and UNI broke away from the Sycamores, a 19-5 run leading to a 43-23 advantage. UNI had a 16-point advantage at the half.

“I don’t know how many they hit in a row, and you look up and we were still only down by three at 17-14,” Waltman said. “But you can’t keep that pace, you have to stop them once in a while.”

The Panthers shot 65.4 percent from the field in the first half. Though ISU shot 45.2 percent, UNI’s defense was intimidating in the paint with six first-half blocks, five by Stout.

ISU’s deterioration continued in the second half. The Sycamores failed to score on their first six possessions, and defensive stops were non-existent. An 18-4 UNI run buried ISU, as the Panthers made 7 of 10 from the field to start the second half.

“A 16-point game is going to turn into an eight-point or a 24-point game in the first five minutes. We didn’t do a good job of that against Creighton [a 63-55 UNI loss on Tuesday], and we reminded the guys we needed to get off to a good start [today]. Defensively, they only scored on two of their first 14 possessions,” UNI Coach Greg McDermott said.

UNI put the cherry on the sundae with just under eight minutes left when Jacobson nailed a 28-footer, followed by an emphatic Stout block on a Jeremiah Wise drive with 7:27 left, Stout’s sixth swat of the game.

“That bothered us from the standpoint of not only our inside players not scoring, but getting our perimeter players to the basket,” said Waltman on Stout’s effort.

Gabe Moore led ISU with 10 points as no one got untracked for the Sycamores offensively. Moss was held to a 4 of 12 effort with nine points.

“I’m not really sure why David didn’t shoot the ball well, he did get some mid-range jumpers, but they did a good job not getting him all the way to the basket or not letting him post,” Waltman said.

ISU begins a three-game homestand Wednesday when Bradley visits Hulman Center.



Indiana State 56

Player mi fg 3pt ft r s pf tp

Wurtz 12 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 0 5 5

Tunnell 26 2-10 0-1 1-3 2 0 2 5

Moore 35 5-9 0-3 0-0 1 1 0 10

Schnikter 29 2-6 0-0 1-1 1 1 3 5

Moss 28 4-12 1-1 0-0 1 1 1 9

Arnold 20 2-5 0-0 0-0 5 0 2 4

Gray 14 3-4 1-1 2-2 0 0 0 9

Booe 9 3-3 0-0 1-1 2 1 0 7

Evans 7 1-2 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 4

Trudeau 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Wise 19 0-4 0-2 0-0 4 0 3 0

Totals 24-60 2-8 6-13 24* 4 16 56

Northern Iowa 83

Player mi fg 3pt ft r s pf tp

Stout 21 8-10 0-1 1-1 13 1 2 17

Coleman 20 3-7 0-0 3-4 7 0 3 9

Little 30 4-8 3-5 0-0 2 0 1 11

Jacobson 25 3-4 2-3 0-0 4 1 0 8

McKowen 33 3-6 0-1 2-2 3 0 3 8

Josten 19 3-6 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 8

Santos 8 1-2 0-0 2-3 4 0 2 4

Brown 25 6-7 2-3 2-2 4 0 2 16

Griffin 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 0

Williams 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Viet 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Howard 2 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 2

Totals 32-54 8-14 11-13 41* 2 15 83

Halftime score — UNI 47, ISU 31. FG Pct. — ISU .400, UNI .593. 3P Pct. — ISU .250, UNI .571. FT Pct. — ISU .462, UNI .846. Assists — UNI 17 (McKowen 7), ISU 9 (Moss 4). Blocks — ISU 2 (Tunnell, Arnold 1), UNI 7 (Stout 6). *Team rebounds — ISU 6, UNI 1. A -- 6,172

Next games — ISU (9-12, 2-11) plays host to Bradley on Wednesday. UNI (20-4, 10-3) plays host to Wichita State on Tuesday.