Panthers fall to the Redbirds, 79-75

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Panthers fall to the Redbirds, 79-75

Bennett Koch (25) battles his way inside but the Redbirds make a strong defensive effort.

Bennett Koch (25) battles his way inside but the Redbirds make a strong defensive effort.

GABRIELLE LEITNER

Bennett Koch (25) battles his way inside but the Redbirds make a strong defensive effort.

GABRIELLE LEITNER

GABRIELLE LEITNER

Bennett Koch (25) battles his way inside but the Redbirds make a strong defensive effort.

JERRIUS CAMPBELL, Sports Writer

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The Panthers made the trip to Normal, Illinois for an away game against the Illinois State Redbirds. After coming off a home win against Evansville, UNI had some momentum as they looked to sweep Illinois State on the season.

In the first half, both offenses shot close to 50 percent from the field. Klint Carlson led the way in the first half of play for the Panthers, scoring 12 points and seven rebounds. For the Redbirds, Milik Yarbrough scored seven points and four rebounds.

The Panthers outscored the Redbirds 37-26 in the first half in Normal. The Panthers would stay close to 50 percent shooting in the second half, but Illinois State could not be stopped.

After only shooting 30 percent from the three point range in the first, the Redbirds bounced back in the second half, and were shooting a high 78 percent from three point range.

While going 11 out of 14 from downtown, this shooting performance would leave them with 53 points in the second half, blowing past UNI at the end of regulation with a final score of 76-72.

Three Panthers would end the game with double digit scoring. Carlson finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Tywon Pickford would score 14 point and grab eight rebounds. Spencer Haldeman would end with 16 points of his own.

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