CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ali Farokhmanesh scored 23 points as Northern Iowa (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) defeated Old Dominion 71-62 in a BracketBuster game Friday night, breaking the school record for wins in a season.
The Panthers are 24-3 after winning eight of nine and are one victory from completing and undefeated run at home. They are 13-0 at the McLeod Center this season and have won 14 straight there dating back to last season.
Gerald Lee scored 19 points to lead the Monarchs (21-8), who fell to 4-1 all-time in BracketBuster games.
Down 8-6 early, Northern Iowa put together a 15-2 run and never trailed again. The Panthers led 31-22 at halftime and extended their lead to as many as 14.
Old Dominion pulled to within 51-46 with 9:19 to play, but Northern Iowa answered with a 5-0 and the Monarchs didn't get closer than six the rest of the way.