Omaha 94, Iowa Wesleyan 67
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Devin Patterson scored 21 points with 4-of-4 3-point shooting and Mike Rostampour added 14 points as Omaha defeated Iowa Wesleyan 94-67 on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks (4-4) remained perfect at home while sending Iowa Wesleyan (3-4) to its fourth straight loss. Patterson hit two of his 3-pointers and the 6-foot-8 Rostampour and 6-foot-1 Marcus Tyus threw down back-to-back fast-break dunks as Omaha shot out of the gates 16-0.
Omaha shot nearly 55 percent, making 34 of 62 shots while forcing 19 turnovers with 14 steals, grabbing 25 defensive rebounds and holding the Tigers to 20 of 56 shooting (36 percent).
Rylan Murry scored 13 for the Mavericks, Tyus 11, and Daniel Meyer grabbed 13 rebounds.
Will Stephenson led Iowa Wesleyan with 16 points, Wesley Williams added 12.
23/24 Northern Iowa 65, Denver 55
DENVER (AP) — Seth Tuttle finished with 12 points and Deon Mitchell scored nine of his 11 in a first half where No. 23 Northern Iowa missed just two shots from the floor, helping the Panthers past Denver 65-55 on Wednesday night and move to 9-0 for the third time in school history.
Northern Iowa hit 15 of 17 attempts (88.2 percent) in the opening half to build a lead that stretched to as many as 22 points. That cushion was enough as the Panthers held off a Pioneers squad that usually plays them tough, with all three of the previous meetings decided by six points or less.
Cam Griffin and Nate Engesser both finished with 15 points to lead Denver, which falls to 13-49 all-time against ranked opponents. The Pioneers (4-4) haven't beaten a team in the Top 25 since knocking off Utah State in 1971.
"The key to the game was the first 10 to 15 minutes, when it was all Northern Iowa," Denver coach Joe Scott said. "They're obviously a really good team and we knew they were a really good team."
Trailing 50-37 midway through the second half, the Pioneers had a chance to slice into it even more, but Brett Olson's 3-pointer went halfway down before rimming out. The senior slapped the floor in frustration before heading back on defense.
A big break for Northern Iowa since all the momentum seemed to be switching over to Denver. Olson's one of the team's top shooters, but he's banged up — sore hips and knees — and had an off night, finishing with five points.
"If Brett makes that shot," Scott said, as he mulled over the possibility, "but he didn't have a night where you would think that would go in."
Tuttle followed with an emphatic dunk on the next possession and Denver couldn't get the deficit under 10