Enhanced Box Score: UNI 83 UIU 66

courtesy Jeff Backer

 

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REPORT: Today, while ‘On Press Row’ UNI head coach Ben Jacobson commented that sophomore center Ted Friedman ‘might’ redshirt this season and given that possibility he cannot play in exhibition games as an upperclassmen if he does indeed receive a redshirt this season.


 

The University of Northern Iowa Panthers men’s basketball team took on the Upper Iowa Peacocks tonight at the McLeod Center and came away with a 83-66 victory.

The Panthers largest lead of the game was 21. Due in large part to the talent level and execution of the Peacocks who are coached by former UNI men’s basketball point-guard Brooks McKowen. McKowen’s team should be a force in their Northern Sun conference this season.

courtesy UNIPanthers.com

courtesy UNIPanthers.com

Virginia transfer Paul Jesperson showed well in his debut with 12 points in 21 minutes. Freshmen Bennett Koch and Wyatt Lohaus also flashed with 13 and 9 points respectively. Soon after entering the game Koch was catching the ball well in the low-post and turning those opportunities into free throws where he was 7-8. And after impressing at the Prime Time League this summer true freshman Wyatt Lohaus picked up where he left off in the PTL, handling the ball well, finding open guys and creating shots for himself.

Senior’s Deon Mitchell and Marvin Singleton also played exceptionally well this evening. Mitchell, who was lauded by head coach Ben Jacobson on media day for his physical fitness, passed the eye test. To the eye Deon does in fact look to be in the best shape of his UNI career and he seems to be parlaying that into a more consistent shot from outside where he was 3-5 tonight. Marvin Singleton continues to play well at the ‘4’ position. Marvin ‘may’ have only been starting due to Nate Buss’ toe injury (which could be a bit more serious than first thought) but the Senior has carved out a niche for himself in Coach Jacobson’s offense, constantly finding space for drop-offs and scoring through hard-work and offensive rebounding (he led UNI w/2 off. rebs).

The Panthers next, and final, exhibition game is Sunday, Nov. 9 vs Bemidji St. at 1 p.m.