CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — John Gillon, Joe De Ciman and Gian Clavell scored 16 points apiece and Colorado State beat Northern Iowa 84-78 on Saturday.
Antwan Scott added 12 points and Emmanuel Omogbo 11 in the season opener.
The victory ended the Panthers’ 18-game home-court winning streak, which was the 12th active in the country. Northern Iowa came in 21-0 in November at McLeod Center.
The Panthers tied the game with 16 minutes left on Jeremy Morgan’s layup but the Rams then outscored Northern Iowa 21-7, with De Ciman scoring the first seven in the run, over the next 7:27 to lead 69-55, their biggest lead of the game. The Panthers cut it to 3 with 1:09 to go but the Rams hit seven free throws, four by Gillon, to secure the win.
Morgan led Northern Iowa with 20 points, Wes Washpun had 19 and Matt Bohannon 17.
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