CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Deon Mitchel and Wes Washpun scored 17 each on Saturday night and Northern Iowa remained unbeaten at home by defeating Drake 76-66.
Over the final six minutes, UNI outscored Drake 23-8 to rally from a five-point deficit to a comfortable lead at the conclusion. UNI made only six of its first 24 from 3-point range but hit all three 3-point attempts during that closing stretch.
The Panthers trailed 61-58 when Washpun's layup with 4:05 to play sparked a 10-point run. On the next possession, UNI took the lead for good at 63-61 on Matt Bohannon's 3-pointer with 3:37 to go.
Drake took its biggest lead of the game at 58-53 on Carter's layup with 6:54 remaining.
With a trio a top recruits from Philadelphia, the Penn State basketball program is primed to finally turn a corner.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.