By Travis Morgan
Cedar Falls, IA - UNI advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament with a 77-66 win over North Dakota.
UNI (19-14 overall) used a game-high 24 points from senior guard Anthony James. Marc Sonnen drilled five three-pointers and scored 19 points for the Panthers. Sophomore forward Seth Tuttle also tallied 19 points.
North Dakota was led by Troy Huff with 22 points.
UNI led from start to finish after opeing up a 7-0 lead just 2:04 into the game. UNI pushed the margin to 10-2 after Sonnen's second 3-pointer of the game wiht 16:35 on the clock. North Dakota cut the lead to 14-13 on a dunk from Huff with 13:07 left in the first half.
UNI went on a 9-0 run to take a 23-13 lead with 10:25 left. The run was capped by a Jake Koch 3-pointer.
The Panthers closed the half on 10-2 run to take a 41-28 lead at the intermission.
UNI added to the lead and pushed the margin to 19 at 49-30 with 14:45 left in the second half. Altogether, the Panthers went on an 18-4 run to turn a 31-26 lead into the 19-point lead.
North Dakota (16-17 overall) would get as close as nine points at 66-57 and 75-66 but could not trim the margin any closer.
UNI will play its second round game in the CIT on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the McLeod Center. The opponent is to be determined.