What went down: No. 8 seed University of Evansville (17-14, 7-11) took on No. 9 seed University of Northern Iowa (15-15, 7-11) in the first game of Arch Madness March 1. The Panthers beat the Purple Aces 60-50.
How it happened: Northern Iowa led Evansville the entire game and held the Purple Aces to 38.2 percent shooting. After the game, head coach Ben Jacobson said the defense was stronger than it had been all season.
Analysis: Northern Iowa was lead by junior guard Wyatt Lohaus and senior guard Hunter Rhodes who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. Although both teams had two players score in the double figures, the Panthers shot 40.4 percent from the field while Evansville shot 38.2.
The Panthers held Evansville’s top scorer — junior guard Ryan Taylor — to just 2 points on 1-for-13 shooting. Taylor, who was called for three fouls, was one of four Evansville players who had more fouls than they did points. Evansville was called for 17 fouls compared to Northern Iowa’s nine.
What’s next? The Panthers are scheduled to play Loyola in the Arch Madness quarterfinals March 2 at noon.