CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KCRG) - Fans are starting to take notice that Northern Iowa is putting together a special season. Saturday's game against Drake was sold out for the first time since Nov. 21, 2015, when the Panthers defeated then No. 1 North Carolina, 71-67.
Drake started the game on an 8-0 run. The Panthers rallied and eventually took a 22-21 lead after an A.J. Green jumper with 7:26 left in the first half. The Bulldogs got the lead back and led 39-35 at the break.
In the second half, Roman Penn put the Bulldogs up 68-63 with 5:26 remaining.
Then, A.J. Green took over scoring eight consecutive points. It was part of a 13-0 run by the Panthers to take the lead for good and win, 83-73.
Green finished with 34 points, including six 3-pointers.
Northern Iowa hosts Illinois State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.