Northern Iowa won its ninth straight game, scoring the last five points in the final minute to beat the Creighton Bluejays 60-52 handing CU their first lost at home this season. Northern Iowa is now 10-1 on the year (1-0 MVC), while Creighton fell to 5-7 (0-1 MVC).
Creighton started slow, making just one of its first 16 shots falling behind 13-2. That included a 9:10 lapse between field goals from Antoine Young. The Panthers would lead by as much as 12 in the first half three different times, but Creighton outscored UNI 7-2 down the stretch to close out the first half down 25-18.
The Jays took their first lead since 2-0 with two free throws by Casey Harriman to go ahead 35-34 with 11:36 left. Creighton would nail its first five three-point attempts of the second half to take a 41-37 lead with 9:01 to play. The Panthers then together an 8-0 run to retake the lead for good at 45-41 with 6:49 left.
The Jays would close to 55-52 with 58 seconds left, but Antoine Young missed a free-throw that could have brought CU within two points, and Panther 7-footer Jordan Eglseder knocked down two free throws with 35 seconds left that made it a two-score game.
Creighton was led in scoring by Cavel Witter, who had 17 points off the bench. Witter made 5-of-6 three-point shots. Antoine Young and Wayne Runnels scored eight points each. CU shot 34.0 percent (17-50) and hit 7-of-19 three-pointers (36.8 percent) and 11-of-18 at the stripe (61.1 percent).