CEDAR FALLS — Despite a career-high 24-point performance by Seth Tuttle, the University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team saw its 11-game home-court win streak snapped at 11 Wednesday in a 65-61 loss to Indiana State.
Indiana State (9-4 overall, 2-0 MVC) used 18 points from Justin Gant and 16 from Jake Odum to hold off the Panthers down the stretch. Odum also had a game-high five steals.
UNI (7-7 overall, 0-2 MVC) also got 10 rebounds from Tuttle, a sophomore forward who prepped at West Fork.
Senior forward Jake Koch dished out a game-high five assists and secured three steals. Senior guard Anthony James scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Panthers led 11-6 behind a quick seven points from Tuttle with 16:06 left in the first half. Indiana State used an 11-0 run to take a 17-11 advantage and went on to a 37-32 halftime lead.
The Panthers got to within 63-61 with 15.3 seconds left in the game on a layup from senior guard Anthony James. Odum made only one of two free throws with 11.8 seconds left giving UNI a final chance to tie the game.
Panthers coach Ben Jacobson called timeout with 6.5 seconds left. However, senior guard Marc Sonnen stepped on the out-of-bounds line in the in-bounds pass with 5.8 seconds to go and the Sycamores added two free throws to seal the win.
UNI will travel to Normal, Ill., to take on the Illinois State Redbirds on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Redbird Arena.
It was Tuttle’s sixth career double-double and marked the fourth time in Tuttle’s career that he scored 20 or more points in a single game.