A furious rally by the UNI basketball team came up short on Saturday. Trailing by 14 points with eight minutes remaining the Panthers had a chance to take the lead in the waning seconds but came up short in a 55-52 loss to Nevada in the McLeod Center.
UNI senior forward Eric Coleman says they decided to fight when it was a little too late, and he credits Nevada with holding off the rally. Coleman led the Panthers with 18 points. He hopes the team plays the way they did late in the second half when Missouri Valley Conference play begins. Coleman says they could have easily given up when they were down by 12.
Panther coach Ben Jacobsen says they dug themselves too big of a hole. He says Nevada is too good a team to do that against. Jacobsen says the Panthers missed too many shots but does not feel they are losing confidence. He says,"They just need to line it up and make shots." UNI is 8-3 and opens the Valley race at Bradley next Saturday night.