Denver snaps Northern Iowa’s six-game win streak

CEDAR FALLS – The Denver Pioneers didn’t panic after being down 16-2 to start their men’s basketball game with Northern Iowa on Saturday night.

Instead, Denver bounced back with a big run of its own, grabbed a lead at halftime and never looked back in a 65-57 win at the McLeod Center.

The loss snapped a six-game win streak for UNI, which dropped to 17-12 after the loss. The win pushed Denver to 18-8. The Pioneers won their seventh straight game.

“It was a very hard fought college basketball game,” Denver coach Joe Scott said. “They jumped out to a big start but our guys stayed cool and calm and stayed with what we do. Some guys made some big shots for us at that time.”

Seth Tuttle led the Panthers with 18 points but Northern Iowa dropped to 0-9 this year when trailing at halftime. Marc Sonnen added 12 points in the loss, while Jake Koch, Deon Mitchell and Anthony James all scored eight.

Denver was led by Brett Olson’s 16 points and five boards, while Chris Udofia had 12 and Jalen Love and Chase Hallam each scored 11.

UNI began the game by hitting its first three shots from downtown and led 16-2 just 4:38 into the contest. Denver though recovered and went on a 26-5 spurt to grab a 28-21 lead and held a 32-25 advantage at the break.

The Panthers then played from behind the entire second half and two late rallies fell short in the loss.

Northern Iowa will travel to Southern Illinois on Wednesday and tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Carbondale, Ill.