CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Northern Iowa is at its best when it
plays at home against ranked Iowa teams.
Erik Crawford scored seven of his nine points in overtime, and
Northern Iowa knocked off Iowa (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) 67-63 on Tuesday night. It
was the Panthers' third straight upset of a ranked Hawkeyes team in
"It ranks right up there with some of the best wins I've had
here in four years," Jacobson said. "We were scrapping the whole
time and it may have been ugly at times, but it was a huge win for
Iowa was ranked No. 11 when it lost here 78-76 in 2001, and was
No. 24 when it lost 77-66 two years ago.
This time, the Hawkeyes (7-2), led by Greg Brunner's 26 points,
seemed on the verge of ending their struggles in the UNI-Dome.
With a little more than three minutes left in regulation, Jeff
Horner scored in traffic to put Iowa up 52-47. But Jacobson hit
three straight 3-pointers during the next 90 seconds. Held in check
most of the night, Jacobson got on track when he hit his first at
the 2:55 mark.
Jacobson hit a wide-open shot moments later when Horner slipped,
putting the Panthers up 53-52. Horner was injured on the play and
spent the rest of the game on the bench with an ice pack on his
Jacobson made his third 3 with 1:38 left in regulation to give
the Panthers a 56-54 lead. Both teams squandered their next
possessions before Brunner was fouled and sank both free throws
with 41 seconds left.
The Panthers played for the last shot, but Jacobson's 3-pointer
rimmed out, sending the game to overtime.
With the Panthers trailing by two in overtime, Crawford got the
ball on the perimeter and made a 3 to put UNI up 62-60 with 50
Brunner followed with a 3 with 14 seconds to go to cut the
margin to 65-63. After Iowa fouled Crawford on the inbound pass,
the senior made both free throws with 12 seconds remaining to seal
"We've been ranked three times coming in here," Iowa coach
Steve Alford said. "But it's a lot different than years ago. This
is a very good basketball team that's only going to get better."
The game was tight throughout, with 14 lead changes and seven
UNI coach Greg McDermott said Jacobson and Crawford couldn't
have picked a better time to get out of their early season shooting
"I've wondered a long time when Jacobson and Crawford were
going to turn their motor on," McDermott said. "It keeps us
afloat. We only get so many big games like this. When we get the
opportunity to knock heads, it's important we come out on top once
in a while."