Tuttle, Koch Help Northern Iowa Sweep Drake 66-52

Northern Iowa's Seth Tuttle, left, fends off defensive efforts by Drake's Karl Madison, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney))

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By James Steward

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored 13 points as Northern Iowa completed a season sweep of Drake with a 66-52 victory Sunday night.

Jake Koch added 10 points for the Panthers (14-7, 4-5 Missouri Valley), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Marc Sonnen hit one 3-pointer among his eight points, marking the 15th consecutive game in which he has scored from long range.

Kurt Alexander scored 21 points to lead the Bulldogs (12-8, 5-4), whose season-best four-game winning streak ended.

Drake failed to avenge an 83-68 loss to Northern Iowa on Jan. 7.

The game turned late in the first half. With the Panthers trailing 19-17, Johnny Moran hit a 3-pointer with 9:27 left that started a 17-4 run and gave Northern Iowa a 34-23 edge at halftime.

The lead topped out at 53-28 on a three-point play by Matt Morrison with 12:59 to go. Drake never got closer than 12 after that.

DRAKE (12-8)

Clarke 1-1 1-2 3, Jeffers 0-3 0-0 0, Madison 1-4 0-0 2, Rice 4-12 1-3 9, Simons 3-9 0-0 7, Hawley 3-10 0-0 8, Alexander 8-10 2-2 21, Welfringer 0-1 0-0 0, Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Woods 1-4 0-0 2, Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-55 4-7 52.<

N. IOWA (14-7)

Tuttle 5-6 2-2 13, Moran 2-6 1-2 7, Koch 2-6 5-6 10, Sonnen 3-8 1-2 8, James 3-5 3-7 9, Mitchell 1-4 3-4 5, Rank 1-2 0-0 2, Singleton 0-1 0-0 0, Morrison 2-5 1-1 6, Martino 2-2 0-0 4, Pehl 1-6 0-0 2, Lange 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 16-24 66.<

Halftime_N. Iowa 34-23. 3-Point Goals_Drake 6-19 (Alexander 3-4, Hawley 2-7, Simons 1-4, Rice 0-1, Jeffers 0-1, Welfringer 0-1, Madison 0-1), N. Iowa 6-15 (Moran 2-5, Tuttle 1-1, Morrison 1-2, Sonnen 1-2, Koch 1-3, James 0-2). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Drake 32 (Rice 6), N. Iowa 37 (Pehl 6). Assists_Drake 7 (Clarke, Madison 2), N. Iowa 11 (Koch, Sonnen 3). Total Fouls_Drake 17, N. Iowa 10. A_3,975.
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