UNI Comeback Falls Just Short, Panthers Lose to Drexel 65-63

Northern Iowa's bench watches as they lose to Drexel in the second half of an NIT tournament second-round NCAA college basketball game Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Philadelphia. Drexel won 65-63. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr )

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By James Steward

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Samme Givens scored 28 points to lead Drexel to a 65-63 win over Northern Iowa on Sunday in the second round of the NIT.

Chris Fouch added 16 points for the Dragons (29-6), who host Massachusetts in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

Johnny Moran scored 19 points to lead Northern Iowa (20-14).

Drexel led by as many as 18 in the first half before Moran's 3-pointer with 34.6 seconds left closed the margin to 61-60. Northern Iowa then fouled Givens out of a timeout and he made 1 of 2 free throws with 24.3 seconds to go. The Panthers' Anthony James missed a driving layup at the other end and Damion Lee hit two free throws with 12.9 seconds left to make it 64-60.

Chip Rank gave the Panthers life with a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds remaining, but Frantz Massenat made 1 of 2 free throws before Moran's last-second 3-point attempt went off the back rim.

N. IOWA (20-14)

Tuttle 4-4 1-3 9, Koch 1-3 3-4 5, Mitchell 2-5 0-0 5, Moran 6-14 2-2 19, Sonnen 3-8 0-0 8, Rank 2-4 0-0 5, Morrison 1-1 0-0 3, Pehl 1-2 1-2 3, James 2-7 2-2 6. Totals 22-48 9-13 63.

DREXEL (29-6)

McCoy 1-4 0-0 2, Givens 11-13 6-9 28, Massenat 3-9 4-8 11, Lee 0-2 2-2 2, Thomas 2-7 0-0 6, Younger 0-0 0-0 0, Fouch 6-9 0-0 16, Ruffin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-44 12-19 65.

Halftime_Drexel 38-28. 3-Point Goals_N. Iowa 10-23 (Moran 5-11, Sonnen 2-5, Morrison 1-1, Rank 1-2, Mitchell 1-3, Koch 0-1), Drexel 7-10 (Fouch 4-6, Thomas 2-3, Massenat 1-1). Fouled Out_Koch, Sonnen. Rebounds_N. Iowa 32 (Moran, Tuttle 8), Drexel 24 (Givens, McCoy 5). Assists_N. Iowa 11 (Koch 4), Drexel 15 (Givens, Massenat 3). Total Fouls_N. Iowa 18, Drexel 15. A_1,884.
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