Panthers fight back to force OT, but Loyola comes away with victory

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CHICAGO, Illinois (KCRG) - Northern Iowa is still in first place in the Missouri Valley Conference, but only by one game after falling to Loyola on Saturday 82-73 in overtime.

The Panthers were down by 16 to start the first half, but they chipped away at the lead and only trailed 37-32 at halftime. They got their first lead of the game since the 19:22 mark in the first half after a Trae Berhow three-pointer made it 53-50.

Loyola came right back and was up 67-60 with 2:30 remaining in the game. Northern Iowa fought back with a pair of 3-pointers from Isaiah Brown. Then with 14 seconds left, A.J. Green hit a step-back 3-pointer tying the game 71-71, which forced overtime.

However, Loyola responded by outscoring the Panthers 11-2 in overtime.

A.J. Green finished with a team-high 19 points.

Northern Iowa travels to Indiana State on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.