Seth Tuttle finished with 24 points and nine rebounds to lead Northern Iowa to a 64-52 victory over North Dakota to open the season on Saturday.

Wes Washpun finished with 15 points, making 7 of 10 free throws and Nate Buss added 12 points and six rebounds including four 3-pointers, for Northern Iowa. Tuttle finished was 9 of 13, going 5 of 7 from the free throw line.

Jaron Nash, Terrel de Rouen and Quinton Hooker each finished with 11 points for North Dakota. Nash also grabbing five rebounds.

Down 24-21 toward the end of the first half, Northern Iowa went on a 10-5 run to give them a 31-29 edge heading into the break. Tuttle scored 14 in the second half as the Panthers pulled away.