Northern Iowa holds off D-III Dubuque from the line, 75-67


December 8th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) ā€” A.J. Green scored 20 points and Northern Iowa made 28 free throws to turn away Division III Dubuque, 75-67 in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon. On Ugly Sweater Night, the Panthers (4-5) bounced back after a loss to South Dakota State at the U.S. Bank Stadium Classic, the site of this season’s Final Four.

Marcus McDaniel hit a jumper with just under two minutes left to get Dubuque within five points, 66-61, but Northern Iowa scored nine points from the free-throw line in the final 1:31 to put the game away. Luke McDonnell finished with 14 points for Northern Iowa. The Panthers, who lead the Missouri Valley Conference in free-throw percentage at just over 75 percent, converted 28 of 37 attempts (76 percent) from the line.

McDaniel had 13 points for the Spartans (5-3), while Michael Williams and Avery Butler both scored 10 before fouling out.