CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Deon Mitchell scored 18 points and Northern Iowa shot 66 percent from the field en route to a 103-50 victory over Wartburg College on Saturday in both teams' season opener.
The Panthers hit 22 of 28 shots in the second half (79 percent) and were 13 for 21 (62 percent) on 3-pointers for the game.
Clay Cook had 12 points and nine rebounds for Wartburg, a Division III school that shot 31 percent from the field and converted just 7 of 25 3-point attempts and 3 of 10 free throws.
Northern Iowa, which never trailed, led 47-27 at halftime and increased that lead to as much as 57 points in the second half.
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point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.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.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.