Richmond’s raining threes snap Panthers’ five-game win streak

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BRANDON TJEPKES, Sports Editor

The UNI men’s basketball team traveled to the University of Richmond on Saturday. The Panthers fell to the Spiders, 82-67, breaking their five-game winning streak.

The game started with both teams putting up a pair of three-pointers. Matt Bohannon’s three-pointer put UNI up, 6-5, but this was the only lead they could manage for the entire game.

Bohannon finished the game with a team-high 14 points. Good defense and precise shooting allowed Richmond to build their lead. The Spiders gained a 13-point lead with seven minutes left in the half.

UNI cut the lead down to seven but could not get any closer. The first half ended with a 39-28 Panther deficit.

The second half started with Richmond firing off three-pointers left and right. They made three of five to increase their lead to 48-31. The Panthers were able to put up points, but could not come within a 10-point deficit.

Richmond kept control of the second half due to seven three-pointers. Their largest lead was 69-47 with eight minutes remaining. Paul Jesperson did his best with a 5-0 run to bring the Panthers within 13. Jesperson finished the game with 13 points.

UNI eventually cut the lead down to 11, but 1:38 was too short on time for a UNI miracle to happen.

While UNI had decent performances by Bohannon, Jesperson, and Wes Washpun who all scored more than 10 points, no other Panther was able to hit the double-digit mark.

The Spiders had five players score in the double digits thanks to 13 three-pointers and Terry Allen, who led the game with 21 points and four three-pointers. Richmond shot with 53.6 percent accuracy while holding UNI to 47.4 percent.

The Panthers will travel back to Virginia on Tuesday to take on George Mason at 6 p.m.