Panthers beat Shockers

Sports Editor

The No. 12 Wichita State men’s basketball team lost to No. 18 Northern Iowa 70-54, snapping its 27-straight MVC winning streak and 13-straight MVC road win streak.

It was also the first time WSU experienced a double-digit loss since March 2, 2013, when Creighton beat the Shockers 91-79 in Omaha, Neb.

The Shockers (19-3, 9-1 MVC) just couldn’t seem to get it going against the Panthers (20-2, 9-1 MVC) Saturday at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Shooting 40 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from the three-point line, WSU struggled to stay with the hot shooting Panthers.

Down by 24-21 with 5:39 left to play in the first half, the Shockers stood still as UNI went on a 12-3 run to close out the half. The Panthers led 37-24 at the half.

Wichita State’s shooting woes continued in the second half, with the team only shooting 30.4 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from the three-point line.

Every time the Shockers did something right, the Panthers had an answer. The Panthers shot 60 percent from the field and a remarkable 71.4 percent from three.

Seth Tuttle and Wes Washpun went off for UNI. Tuttle ended with a career-high 29 points and seven rebounds, while Washpun came off the bench to score 16 points after entering Sunday’s game only averaging 8.8 points per game. Nine of the 10 Panthers that entered the game scored.

Darius Carter spent most the game on the bench after receiving his third of four fouls early in the second half. Shaq Morris and Tekele Cotton also received four fouls in the game.

Fred VanVleet led WSU with 18 points, but had an uncharacteristic three assists to four turnovers. VanVleet averages 5.4 assists to 1.6 turnovers on the year.

Ron Baker was WSU’s second leading scorer with 12 points. Carter added eight and Cotton and Morris scored six each. Cotton had a game-high eight rebounds.

WSU and UNI are now in a deadlock for first place in the MVC, and the Shockers won’t have a chance for revenge until the Panthers make their visit on Feb. 28 to Charles Koch Arena.

WSU will look to bounce back when they face the Bradley Braves at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill.