NCAAB Game Recap - Northern Iowa at Colorado
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Lou
57
TxTch
70
F
WIMil
68
Kansas
95
F
MD
69
PSU
76
F
Butl
52
Baylor
53
F
NrthIA
79
Colora
76
F
Bry
69
Ford
61
F
Presb
63
StFNY
64
F
MryMO
58
Brad
91
F
IUSB
60
IUPUI
80
F
Detr
71
ND
110
F
(N/A)
33
IPFW
69
F
UMBC
71
Tows
77
F
Brown
71
StJon
82
F
Stony
63
Hof
71
F
Copp
52
David
88
F
Piedm
83
Citad
129
F
Albany
51
BC
72
F
(N/A)
69
HolyC
66
F(OT)
StJos
61
Temp
108
F
UMKC
73
McNee
82
F
TNSt
62
ArkLR
86
F
Gram
66
ULMo
61
F
Monm
67
Princ
66
F
WIGB
66
UCF
79
F
(N/A)
49
UtSt
94
F
NMSt
72
Denv
67
F
SDSt
68
ColSt
72
F
Nev
42
BYU
75
F
UConn
54
Ind
57
F

Dec 10, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Northern Iowa (9-1)

33

46

79

(24) Colorado (7-2)

32

44

76

Haldeman shot lifts Northern Iowa over No. 24 Colorado 79-76
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:04 AM

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Spencer Haldeman's steal was quite the tipping point.

Haldeman stole a pass and raced down the floor for a tiebreaking layup with 49 seconds remaining, and Northern Iowa hung on to beat No. 24 Colorado 79-76 Tuesday night.

Northern Iowa set up the play by putting a double-team on Colorado point guard McKinley Wright IV, whose attempt to pass out of the trap was picked off by Haldeman.

"We hadn't done it throughout the game at all and we thought that would be a good time to kind of throw them off and throw something different at them and it worked," Haldeman said. "I was thinking just make the play, just execute and finish the layup."

Wright said he should have called a timeout rather than make the hasty pass.

"We had a set call and they double-teamed me off the ball screen," Wright said. "I was trying to hit the short roller and their backside came up to help and jumped the pass. I should have just kept it and called timeout."

Northern Iowa defeated a ranked team for the first time since topping No. 25 Wichita State 53-50 on Feb. 13, 2016. The Panthers had lost their previous seven encounters against ranked opponents.

AJ Green and Trae Berhow had 20 points apiece to lead Northern Iowa (9-1), which has won three straight since losing to West Virginia.

Berhow and Green each hit five 3-pointers. Green's last 3 with 1:10 left to play evened the score at 76-all after Colorado (7-2) had taken a 76-73 lead on a layup by Wright.

Haldeman then stepped in front of Wright's pass and broke away for the go-ahead basket. After Green added a free throw, Colorado's Shane Gatling and Lucas Siewert both missed tying 3-point tries in the final seconds.

"Tonight that was a terrific team, and our guys learned that we are capable against one of the best teams in the country," Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson said. "I just thought the guys dug in the last three minutes when it felt like it was going back to Colorado. They answered the bell."

Siewert scored a career-high 21 points to lead Colorado (7-2), which lost its second straight. Wright finished with 16 points.

"We've got to get back to the drawing board, and get back to (being) us," Wright said. "Before these last two or three games, we were top 10 in the country on defensive field goal percentage. We've got to get back to the drawing board, come together as a team, and just try to keep going. We'll be OK."

Leading by a point at the break, the Panthers went on an 11-0 run to start the second half. The Buffaloes got back in the game with a 9-0 burst.

Evan Battey converted a three-point play to put the Buffaloes up 62-60 with 6:41 remaining, but Green and Berhow connected on 3-pointers.

The Panthers led by five points after a layup by Justin Dahl with 3:10 remaining but Wright hit a 3-pointer and Battey muscled in a layup, was fouled and made the free throw as part of 8-0 run that put the Buffaloes in front 76-73 with 1:39 left.

REDEEMING QUALITY

Berhow was benched after drawing a technical foul midway through the first half for taunting the Colorado bench after hitting a 3-pointer. Some of his assistants prevailed on Jacobson to let Berhow back in the game and he wound up playing a huge role in the second half, when he hit four of his five 3-pointers.

"I was done with him," Jacobson said. "He's lucky he had a bunch of assistant coaches stick up for him. I wasn't going to play him in the second half. He's gonna learn and it doesn't happen again. He came back and came through for his team. He played great in the second half."

BIG PICTURE

Northern Iowa: The Panthers, prolific 3-point shooters, made better than half of their shots from beyond the arc (14 of 26), and that was enough to fend off a Colorado team that had leaned on its defense to get off to a solid start.

Colorado: The Buffaloes' hallmark early this season has been defense, but they let down on the perimeter, leaving themselves vulnerable to Northern Iowa's prolific 3-point shooters.

UP NEXT

Northern Iowa: At Grand Canyon on Thursday night.

Colorado: Takes on rival Colorado State in Fort Collins on Friday night.

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Leaders

Northern Iowa PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Betz 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Carter 0 0 0 0 0 0
Colorado PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Daniels 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Walton 0 0 0 0 1 0

Team Comparison

NrthIA Colora
Points For 79 76
Field Goals 27/58-47% 25/53-47%
Three Pointers 14/26-54% 10/20-50%
Free Throws 11/14-79% 16/18-89%
Offensive Rebounds 15 10
Defensive Rebounds 16 19
Rebounds 33 36
Blocks 3 1
Steals 8 12
Turnovers 16 15
Personal Fouls 19 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - NrthIA Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Dec 10 NrthIA 79 @ Colora 76 A. Kimmons 2 D. Schwartz 3

Game Information

Stadium: CU Events Center, Boulder, Colorado
Attendance: 6,570
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