UNI defense holds firm in conference opener

PEORIA, Illinois (KCRG) - The new year might be just what Northern Iowa needed after struggling in non-conference play.

The Panthers defeated Bradley in the MVC opener 65-47. They kept true to their defensive identity holding the Braves to just 37 percent shooting, including 14 percent from three-point range.

Isaiah Brown and Trae Berhow led the team in scoring with 14 points.

The Panthers host Southern Illinois on Saturday. Game begins at 7 p.m.