Northern Iowa cruises against North Texas, 93-70

Published Nov. 30, 2015 10:16 p.m. ET

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Bennett Koch scored 18 points, including 8 of 10 at the free throw line, to help lead Northern Iowa to a 93-70 win over North Texas on Monday night.

Matt Bohannon scored 16 points, Jeremy Morgan had 15 and eight boards, and Wes Washpun added 12 and seven assists for the Panthers (5-1).

Northern Iowa has won five straight by an average of 20.6 points after an opening night loss to Colorado State.

North Texas led 43-41 after a back-and-forth first half. But a pair of free throws by Klint Carlson followed by a Koch dunk gave Northern Iowa a 52-49 lead four minutes into the second half, a lead which they did not relinquish.

The Panthers pieced together a 27-9 scoring run over 10 minute stretch which extended their lead to 22 (84-62) and put the game away.

J-Mychal Reese led North Texas (2-4) with 19 points.