Last-second 3 Lifts Evansville over Northern Iowa 63-62

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By James Steward

EVANSVILLE, Indiana (AP) — Denver Holmes banked in a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to lift Evansville to a 63-62 win over Northern Iowa on Wednesday night.

Holmes' 3 from the top of the key was his second in the final 18 seconds. The first put the Purple Aces (13-13, 8-8 Missouri Valley) ahead 60-59. Johnny Moran answered with another 3 for Northern Iowa (17-11, 7-9) with 8.6 seconds remaining before Evansville called timeout and Holmes connected again at the buzzer.

Colt Ryan led Evansville with 20 points and seven assists. Holmes added 14 points and Lewis Jones had 10 as the Aces swept the season series from Northern Iowa.

The Panthers got 16 points from Seth Tuttle, 13 from Anthony James and 10 from Chip Rank. Northern Iowa had rallied from a 49-39 second-half deficit with a 13-0 run to take a 52-49 lead with 8:12 left in the game.

N. IOWA (17-11)

Tuttle 7-10 2-4 16, Koch 3-7 0-0 6, Mitchell 2-4 0-0 4, Moran 2-5 0-0 6, Sonnen 2-8 0-0 5, Rank 3-4 2-2 10, Morrison 0-1 2-2 2, James 6-10 1-1 13. Totals 25-49 7-9 62.

EVANSVILLE (13-13)

Sawvell 2-3 1-3 5, Harris 1-4 1-2 3, Holmes 6-7 0-0 14, Taylor 3-6 0-2 6, Ryan 8-15 0-0 20, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 5-7 0-0 10, Cox 2-11 0-0 5. Totals 27-54 2-7 63.

Halftime_Evansville 36-31. 3-Point Goals_N. Iowa 5-16 (Rank 2-3, Moran 2-5, Sonnen 1-5, Tuttle 0-1, Koch 0-2), Evansville 7-18 (Ryan 4-8, Holmes 2-2, Cox 1-5, Harris 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Jones 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_N. Iowa 31 (Koch 9), Evansville 26 (Sawvell 8). Assists_N. Iowa 7 (Tuttle 2), Evansville 19 (Ryan 7). Total Fouls_N. Iowa 13, Evansville 12. A_4,177.

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