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Panthers Hit the Road For Sat. Matchup at GMU
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Wednesday 11/13/2013

UNI at George Mason
Site: Fairfax, Va.
Venue: Patriot Center
Date: Sat., Nov. 16
Time: 3 pm (CT)
TV: None
Radio: Panther Sports Network
Internet: www.GoMason.com

RADIO INFORMATION
Starting with the team’s game Nov. 9 at Ohio, this year’s UNI men’s basketball games can be heard on the UNI Sports Radio Network, with KXEL (1540 AM, Waterloo, Iowa) serving as flagship station. Affiliates include KGYM (1600 AM, Cedar Rapids), KCHA (95.9 FM and 1580 AM, Charles City), KQCR (98.9 FM, Hampton), KQMG (95.3 FM, Independence), KRIB (1490 AM, Mason City), KILJ (105.5 FM, Mount Pleasant), KWQC (1570 AM, Webster City).
    Brad Wells will call Saturday's game at George Mason, while Kevin Boyle will serve as analyst.

• The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team (1-1 overall) will hit the road for its second road trip of the season on Saturday when the Panthers play at George Mason (2-0 overall). Tip is slated for 3 p.m. (CT) at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

• The game will be broadcast live on 1330-AM KWLO and on the Panther Sports Radio Network. Brad Wells (play-by-play) and Kevin Boyle (analyst) will call the action courtside in Fairfax.

• UNI and George Mason have met twice previously with the road team winning each encounter. George Mason scored a 77-71 win over UNI in the McLeod Center (Feb. 19, 2011) in a BracketBusters matchup. UNI returned the favor last year (Dec. 8, 2012) when the Panthers scored an 82-77 overtime win the Patriot Center - snapping GMU’s 14-game home-court winning streak.

• UNI evened is record at 1-1 with an 86-52 win over Coe College on Monday in its home opener.

• Senior forward Chip Rank leads the Panthers in scoring through two games at 16.0 points per game. Rank scored 14 at Ohio and a career-high 18 against Coe.

• UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 431 consecutive games - the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.

• UNI is 27-1 all-time when scoring 80 or more points under head coach Ben Jacobson. The Panthers have won 22 straight games when scoring 80 or more points.

RANK OFF TO A GREAT START
Senior forward Chip Rank leads the Panthers in scoring at 16.0 points per game through the first two contests.
    Rank scored 14 in the season-opener at Ohio. Rank then poured in a career-high 18 points in only 13 minutes of action against Coe.
    It marks the third time that Rank has scored double figures in back-to-back games in his Panther career.
    Rank also scored back-to-back double-figure games twice in the 2011-12 season. He had 10 points vs. Colorado State (12/3/11) and 10 points vs. Iowa (12/6/11). Rank scored 10 points vs. Illinois State (2/11/12) and 10 more points against Evansville (2/15/12).

GEORGE MASON
GMU has opened the season with a pair of wins.
    Trailing in their opener vs. American with less than five minutes to play, Mason used an 11-3 run to close the game and take the win, 63-60.
    The Patriots scored a 68-54 road win at Lamar on Tuesday.
    GMU is led in scoring by Bryon Allen (14.0 ppg), Sherrod Wright (13.0 ppg) and Marko Gujanicic (12.0 ppg).
    The Patriots are coached by Paul Hewitt. Hewitt is in his third season as the GMU head coach. Hewitt also faced the UNI Panthers in the 2004 NCAA Tournament when he served as the Georgia Tech head coach. Georgia Tech scored a 65-60 win over the UNI Panthers in the first round of the 2004 NCAAs.

FOUR TRUE NON-CONF ROAD GAMES
UNI will play four true road non-conference games prior to Jan. 1 for only the third time in head coach Ben Jacobson’s tenure with the Panthers.
    The Panthers will travel to Ohio (Nov. 9), George Mason (Nov. 16), Milwaukee (Dec. 3) and Virginia (Dec. 21) prior to Jan. 1.
    The two previous times the Panthers have played four true non-conference road games before Jan. 1 in the Jacobson era occurred in the 2006-07 season (Washington, Bucknell, Iowa, Loyola) and in the 2010-11 season (Syracuse, Milwaukee, TCU, Iowa).

RANKED OPPONENTS
Three of UNI’s opponents this season are ranked in both the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll and the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
    VCU is ranked No. 14, Wichita State is No. 16 and Virginia is No. 25.

FOUR YEARS OF POSTSEASON WINS
UNI is one of 11 NCAA Division I teams to have won a postseason game in each of the last four seasons.
    Joining UNI on the list is Butler, BYU, Creighton, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse and VCU.

UNI’S 3-POINT STREAK
UNI has made at least one 3-pointer in 431 straight games – the longest active streak in the Missouri Valley Conference.
    The last time UNI failed to make a 3-point basket came Feb. 3, 2000, vs. Southern Illinois in a 72-58 Panther victory in the UNI-Dome. UNI went 0-for-4 from 3-point land vs. the Salukis back in 2000.

UNI STAYS PERFECT IN HOME
OPENERS UNDER COACH JAKE
UNI moved to 8-0 in home season openers under seventh-year head coach Ben Jacobson.
    Overall, UNI has won 13 straight home openers. UNI’s last loss in a home season opener came vs. Iowa State in the 2000-01 season.

Home Opening Results Since 06-07
2006-07    W, 69-58 vs. Milwaukee
2007-08    W, 75-45 vs. NIU
2008-09    W, 61-56 vs. Denver
2009-10    W, 52-45 vs. NIU
2010-11    W, 84-45 vs. Coe
2011-12    W, 78-69 vs. N. Colo.
2012-13    W, 103-50 vs. Wartburg
2013-14    W, 86-52 vs. Coe

WINNING TRADITION AT MCLEOD
UNI has posted an all-time mark of 88-26 (.772) in games played in the McLeod Center. The McLeod Center was finished in November 2006.
    UNI posted a school-record best 16 home wins in the 2012-13 season.
    UNI posted a perfect mark of 14-0 in home games in the 2009-10 season. UNI set its home win streak of 21 between the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons.

PERFECT IN NOVEMBER IN MCLEOD
UNI is a perfect 17-0 during the month of November in the McLeod Center.
    UNI’s next home game is set for Dec. 10 vs. Savannah State. UNI is 21-6 in December games in the McLeod Center.


13 BOARDS FOR SINGLETON
Junior forward Marvin Singleton tallied a career-best 13 rebounds in UNI’s 86-52 win over Coe (11/11).
    It marked the most rebounds for a Panther player since Jake Koch tallied 13 rebounds vs. Wartburg (11/12/10).

DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR MORRISON
Senior guard Matt Morrision scored 10 points in the Panthers’ 86-52 win over Coe.
    It marked the fourth time in Morrison’s career that he reached double-figure scoring in a single game. He scored a career-high 14 points against Iowa State (11/30/11) and Wartburg (11/10/12).

BENCH POINTS VS. COE
The UNI bench outscored Coe’s bench, 57-21, in the Panthers’ season opener on Nov. 11 in the McLeod Center.

80 AND UP FOR UNI
UNI reached the 80-point mark for the first time this season its 86-52 win over Coe (11/11). UNI scored 80 or more eight times during the 2012-13 season.
    UNI is 27-1 all-time when scoring 80 or more points under coach Jacobson. The Panthers have won 22 straight games when scoring 80 or more points.

UNI SCORING 80+IN JACOBSON ERA
Date    Opponent     Results
11/11/13    Coe    W, 86-52
3/26/13    Bradley    W, 90-77
3/2/13    Illinois State    W, 80-72
1/20/13    Drake    W, 85-55
1/12/13    Bradley    W, 84-53
12/23/12    Saint Mary’s    W, 82-75
12/8/12    at George Mason    W, 82-77 (OT)
11/14/12    Toledo    W, 84-81 (OT)
11/10/12    Wartburg    W, 103-50
1/7/12    at Drake    W, 83-68
12/19/11    Loras    W, 84-48
12/6/11    Iowa    W, 80-60
12/3/11    Colorado State    W, 83-77
3/15/11    Rider        W, 84-50
2/15/11        at Bradley        W, 80-70
1/9/11        Bradley        W, 83-77
11/16/10    Coe        W, 84-45
1/3/10        Missouri State        W, 84-76
12/12/09    Siena        W, 82-65
11/23/09     vs. Boston College        W, 81-69
2/11/09      Southern Illinois        W, 81-55
1/17/09      at Drake        W, 81-59
12/28/08      Indiana State        L, 85-84 (2OT)
11/25/08      Chicago State        W, 81-70
12/15/07      Wartburg        W, 99-48
12/20/06      Wartburg        W, 83-61
12/09/06      UMKC        W, 85-53
11/13/06     vs. Pepperdine        W, 83-58

PANTHER PALS AVAILABLE FOR KIDS IN GRADES 1-6
University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson, along with his staff and current Panther basketball players, invite you to have fun while learning the basketball fundamentals of shooting, passing and ball-handling as a member of the Panther Pals.
    Boys and girls in grades 1-6 are eligible to join the Panther Pals for a total cost of $40. The camp is set for Sun., Nov. 17, from 3-6 p.m. in the UNI-Dome.
    To register for the camp log on to
www.unimensbasketballcamps.com.
    As a member of the Panther Pals, individuals will receive:
    Free admission to seven UNI MBB home games listed: Oct. 25 vs. Bemidji State, Nov. 1 vs. Dubuque, Nov. 11 vs. Coe, Dec. 10 vs. Savannah State, Dec. 28 vs. Iona, Jan. 1 vs. Bradley and Jan. 11 vs. Drake.

* - Panther Pals t-shirt and Panther basketball

* - Autograph and photo session (bring your own camera)

* - Subway Party

* - Chance to meet your favorite Panther players

* - Half-time performance at UNI’s game vs. Savannah State on Tues., Dec. 10. The tip is set for 7 p.m.

For questions, contact Johnny Moran at 319-273-3865 or via email at moranj@uni.edu.

TICKET INFORMATION
Full-season ticket packages are available to see the Panther men’s basketball team in action at the McLeod Center. A total of 15 home games are on tap in 2013-2014.
     Contact UNITix at 319-273-4849 for more information.

WEEKLY PRESS LUNCHEONS
UNI head coach Ben Jacobson or a member of his coaching staff will be available at the weekly Press Luncheons held each Monday beginning at noon in the back room of Pepper’s Grill and Sports Pub located on 18th Street in Cedar Falls.

 FOLLOW THE PANTHERS ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER & YOUTUBE
Fans of UNI Athletics on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will have access to updates, score recaps and special announcements.
    UNI Athletics on Facebook will give fans the chance to connect with other Panther fans, as well as providing information on upcoming events. Followers on Twitter will be able to access news about the Panthers on their computer or mobile device. Followers on YouTube will be able to access game highlights and press conference footage.

FACEBOOK
www.facebook.com/UNIAthletics

TWITTER
www.twitter.com/UNIAthletics

YOUTUBE
www.youtube.com/UNIAthletics

 


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