UNI Dominates Luther, 110-51
A hot start propelled UNI to a record-setting, 110-51 victory over Luther at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls Monday night.
The Panthers (8-1) dominated the game from start to finish. They established new single-game arena records for points scored (110), field goals made (42) and three-point field goal attempts (38). UNI also tied the McLeod Center rebound record (50).
UNI opened the game with a 19-0 run going 8-for-8 from the floor while Luther missed its first nine shots. The Panthers owned a 60-24 lead at intermission, after shooting 72-percent (26-36) from the floor and 47-percent (8-17) from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Panthers increased the margin to 60 points in the second half following a pair of free throws from Antwan Kimmons with 1:23 remaining in the game. Kimmons totaled 13 points, dished out a career-high five assists, and grabbed two rebounds on the night.
Noah Carter tallied 25 points to lead six UNI players who scored in double figures. He was 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Carter also grabbed eight rebounds and had one assist.
Three players scored at least 10 points for Luther, a member of the NCAA Division III American Rivers Conference. Gage Thompson paced the Norse with 11 points.
Monday’s victory marked just the second time the Panthers have scored over 100 points in the Ben Jacobson era. The game was an exhibition for Luther, so the loss didn't go on the team's record.
The competition gets much tougher for UNI when the Panthers return to the court in one week. Their next game on Dec. 10 is against top 25-ranked Colorado on the Buffaloes home floor in Boulder.