Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Seth Tuttle led four Panthers in double figures with 12 points and No. 23 Northern Iowa stayed unbeaten with a 65-55 win over Denver on Wednesday.
Deon Mitchell and Wes Washpun each scored 11 points and Paul Jesperson added 10 for Northern Iowa (9-0), which shot a blistering 70 percent (21-of-30) from the floor. No one besides Tuttle (4-for-7) missed more than two shots.
Cam Griffin and Nate Engesser netted 15 points apiece for Denver (4-4), which only got three points from its bench.
UNI's reserves totaled 32 points.
The Panthers made their first seven shots, including a pair of Matt Bohannon 3-pointers, and led 19-8 before Nate Buss finally missed a 3 at 11:14 for their first miss. Mitchell then converted a three-point play and hit a jumper and Tuttle scored to extend the spread to 26-11.
Later in the first, Washpun and Tuttle had three-point plays and Jesperson canned a 3 during a 9-0 run that made it 35-13.
Jalen Love beat the buzzer with a 3, but Northern Iowa still led 42-25 at halftime.
Denver never got closer than 10 in the second half.
UNI shot 19-for-23 from the foul line ... Northern Iowa won the rebounding margin 21-13 ... Denver hasn't won or lost back-to-back games all season ... Marcus Byrd added 11 points for the Pioneers.