NORFOLK- Kent Bazemore scored 17 points, and Chris Cooper added nine rebounds, but the Panthers of Northern Iowa defeated the Monarchs, 63-48 Saturday afternoon at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
UNI from the Missouri Valley was led by Jake Koch with 18 points and and four assists along with Anthony James with 13 points and five assists. UNI shot .490 (24-49) from the floor, while ODU finished at .273 (12-44) from the floor. ODU won the battle of the boards at 33-31. Besides Cooper's nine, freshman Jason Pimentel hauled down six. Deon Mitchell led UNI with six boards, followed by Chip Rank with five.
Bazemore, who is returning from a foot injury late this summer was 10-for-13 from the free throw line, had three steals and four rebounds. Pimentel scored eight points and had three steals as well, while senior Trian Iliadis scored eight points with two assists and a career high two blocked shots.