CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jake Koch had 16 points and eight rebounds as Northern Iowa defeated North Dakota 72-47 Saturday.
Northern Iowa never trailed, jumping out to 36-19 lead with 3:22 left in the first half. The Fighting Sioux answered with six straight points before the break and opened the second half on a 7-2 run to pull within 38-32.
That was as close as North Dakota got as the Panthers scored the next eight points and eventually built a 25-point lead.
Northern Iowa hit its first 16 free throws and finished 17 for 20 at the line.
Florida guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez has decided to leave the team after two seasons.
Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger has hired Carlin Hartman as an assistant.
Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes.