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UNI Basketball Beats Illinois State, Advances in 2022 Arch Madness

UNI Basketball Beats Illinois State, Advances in 2022 Arch Madness

ST. LOUIS — Northern Iowa men’s basketball advanced to the 2022 Arch Madness semifinals with a 78-65 win over Illinois State on Friday. The Panthers will face the winner of Friday’s game between Loyola Chicago and Bradley.

The Redbirds may have scored the first points of the game, but it was pretty much UNI from there. The Panthers built a solid lead over Illinois State that never wavered, having a 16-point advantage in the second half.

“For me, our passes were great,” head coach Ben Jacobson said after the game. “Noah (Carter) had five and AJ (Green) had seven; there’s 12 assists between those two guys sitting here. As everyone knows, they’re our top two scorers.

“Just the pace we played, our passing was really good. But what I liked the most today was our defence. We really kept today and it was great.”