N. Iowa 57, Bucknell 48
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP)—Brooks McKowen scored 17 points and sank three big second-half 3-pointers, and Eric Coleman added 14 points and 10 rebounds as Northern Iowa defeated Bucknell 57-48 on Saturday.
The Panthers (6-1) opened up a tight contest late behind McKowen after Bucknell made it 49-46 following Chris McNaughton’s 10-foot jumper.
McKowen deflated the home crowd with a 3-pointer with one tick left on the shot clock to give the Panthers an insurmountable six-point lead with two-plus minutes left. The senior point guard added a couple free throws late for good measure to seal the win for Northern Iowa.
The Bison (2-5) had clawed back from a 38-31 deficit. Abe Badmus banked a shot off the backboard to save a shot-clock violation before reserve Rob Thomas nailed an open 3-pointer.
It was short-lived. McKowen sank a 3 before the Panthers hit four free throws—two coming after frantic Bucknell coach Pat Flannery was whistled for a technical foul—to put Northern Iowa back on top, 49-42, with just under five minutes to play.
Badmus finished with 11 points before fouling out, while McNaughton had 10 points and nine rebounds. McKowen also had six assists for Northern Iowa.