UNI comes up short against No. 8 Xavier

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Northern Iowa closed out non-conference play with a tough loss at home to No. 8 Xavier, 77-67. The game was tied 29-29 at halftime.

Bennett Koch led the Panthers with 26 points.

The Panthers begin Missouri Valley Conference play at home versus Southern Illinois on Dec. 28.