CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The UNI men’s basketball moved to 9-8 in the MVC after falling 56-55 to the Ramblers of Loyola on senior night in the McLeod Center.
The Panthers were able to make five first-half three-pointers but trailed the Ramblers 32-23 after the first 20 minutes of play. Senior Wyatt Lohaus entered the break with a team-high six points, going 2-3 from beyond the three-point arc. Isaiah Brown and Spencer Haldeman each finished the first half with five points while Brown recorded a team-high two assists.
The Panthers rallied back in the second half to take the lead with 8:46 remaining from a Spencer Haldeman three-pointer. The Panthers continued to pour on the threes in the second half, 5-14 in the final 20 minutes of play. The Panthers held the lead for just over four minutes before Loyola would reclaim it. The Panthers outscored the Ramblers 32-24 in the second half but it wouldn’t be enough, falling 56-55.
AJ Green finished with a team-high 18 points going 7-12 from the field and making four critical three-pointers down the stretch to keep the Panthers within striking distance. Isaiah Brown finished with 13 points, going 50 percent from the field and knocking down two three-pointers.
Senior Wyatt Lohaus ended his final game in the McLeod Center with 10 points and two steals. Luke McDonnell hauled in a pair of rebounds and a team-high three assists and Tywhon Pickford recorded a team-high eight rebounds on the night.
The 14-16 Panthers are now 9-8 in the MVC and will travel to Terre Haute, Indiana to take on Indiana State. The Sycamores are 14-15 overall and 6-11 in the MVC after falling 80-68 to Drake in Des Moines on Wednesday night. The Panthers and Sycamores will tip off at 1 p.m. and can be viewed on ESPN+.
Miles Wentzien is a Fort Madison High School graduate, Miles started his collegiate career at Missouri Western State University before transferring to Kirkwood Community College where he earned First Team All-American honors. After signing with the Panthers prior to the 2017-18 season, the junior guard played in five games scoring a season-high 11 points against Chicago State. Miles worked his way into the starting lineup in his senior campaign playing in 14 games and received 6 starts before suffering a season-ending injury against Illinois State on January 8th. His work ethic, determination, and infectious personality has left a lasting impact on Panther Nation. After graduation Miles plans to play basketball overseas and work with his mother in real estate.
Wyatt Lohaus has spent five years on the Panther basketball team, playing in two NCAA Tournaments and two MVC Championship teams. Wyatt has earned MVC Scholar-Athlete recognition twice, earning Second Team honors in 2016 and Honorable Mention in 2018. Wyatt was named to the MVC All-Bench Team in 2018, averaging 9.3 points per game and was the leading scorer in the MVC among players without a start. Wyatt has played in all 29 games this season, receiving 23 starts. The senior guard averages 9.8 points per game and was named the MVC Player of the Week on Jan 2nd after scoring 23 points against Stony Brook. Wyatt’s passion, dedication, and commitment has made him one of the best. Thank you for your leadership and raising the standard of our program. Following graduation, Wyatt plans to play basketball overseas and then come back to the states and start a career in coaching.