Friday, November 23, 2012

No. 2 Louisville Holds Off UNI, 51-46‏

By Colin McDonough:

"The University of Northern Iowa came up short in its bid to knock off No. 2-ranked Louisville in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, 51-46.

UNI (3-1 overall) trailed 40-22 with 11:56 left in the second half, but whittled the lead to a single point with just over a two minutes to play. UNI senior forward Jake Koch hit a pair of free throws with 2:06 left to trim the Louisville lead to 45-44.

Koch again cut the lead to 48-46 with two free throws with 42.7 seconds left in regulation. The Panther defense then forced a stop and appeared to get the rebound with seven seconds left. But a jump ball call gave the alternate possession to Louisville. The Cardinals inbounded the ball to Russ Smith who scored a bucket and was fouled. Smith made the free throw with 5.1 ticks left to give the Cardinals the five-point victory margin, 51-46.

UNI will play Stanford at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in the consolation semifinals."

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