The U.N.I. Panthers picked up a big road victory to open Missouri Valley Conference play as they won at Creighton 60-52. It was the Panther’s ninth consecutive win and they knocked off the team that shared the Valley regular season title with last season.

U.N.I. coach Ben Jacobsen say it is just as good a win as it was last year, as Creighton is very good and hadn’t lost at home yet. He says it is hard to get a win on the road in the conference. Jacobsen says it was a great way to open the league race, and a big win for them.

Ali Farokhmanesh led U.N.I. with 15 points as the Panthers improve to 10-1 overall. He says Creighton always plays well at home and they had a big surge in the second half that the Panthers were able to overcome.

The Panthers return to action Friday night at home against Evansville.