Panther men’s basketball falls to Richmond in road opener

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RICHMOND, Virginia — UNI struggled to complete shot attempts and shot just 32% from the floor as the Panthers fell to the Richmond Spiders on Friday night at the Robins Center in their first road contest of the season.

The Panthers pressured the Spider offense early and limited Richmond to 36.7% shooting in the first stanza. In an early back-and-forth with few shots from three-point range, the Panthers held up to 5 points on the Spiders, eventually creating a narrow 4-point advantage through quick maneuvers from Bowen-born and UNI’s only two three-pointers of the half by James Betz. In a stanza that saw UNI have early foul trouble, the Panthers would enter the half-time break trailing 32-29.

UNI struggled to get the basketball out of the locker room and quickly fell behind by double digits as Richmond shot 56.5% from the field with 6 three-pointers. Heise scored 9 points in the half with Born and Tytan Anderson each scoring 5 points, but the Panthers were unable to slow the Spiders’ pace, being outscored in the second period by 10 points, eventually falling to Richmond by 13.

Born finished the night with a team-high 17 points, as Anderson notched his first career double-double with a career-high 13 points and 10 rebounds. Heise had 10 points with a pair of steals in the loss, while Trey Campbell and Betz both finished with 6 points.

PANTHER NOTES

  • UNI fall to 1-4 all-time against the Spiders with Friday’s loss.
  • The Panthers outscored the Spiders 17-7 on Richmond’s 11 turnovers.
  • UNI has scored a three-pointer in 51 consecutive games, the 7th longest active streak among MVC teams.
  • Richmond was one of three teams UNI will face this season who took part in the NCAA Tournament last year.

NEXT

The Panthers remain on the road and will visit the No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers on Monday night in Charlottesville. Tipping is due at 7:00 p.m. CT at the John Paul Jones Arena. The game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network and will be available on the Panther Sports Radio Network.

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