CEDAR FALLS - Seth Tuttle scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Northern Iowa to an 80-46 victory over Bradley in the Missouri Valley Conference opener Wednesday night at the McLeod Center.
Matt Bohannon had 16 points and three assists for the Panthers (7-6, 1-0), who posted their largest MVC win in school history. Wes Washpun added 15 points with eight assists and a pair of steals and Jeremy Morgan came off the bench to score 10 points.
Northern Iowa surged to a 14-0 advantage early in the first period and went on to lead 43-26 at the break. A pair of 3-pointers by Bohannon and two buckets from inside the paint by Tuttle to start the second half extended the Panther lead to 26. Northern Iowa would finish the game hitting 48 percent from the field and sinking 84.2 percent from the line.
Bradley shot just 37 percent from the field overall and committed 13 turnovers in the contest. Walt Lemon, Jr. led the Braves (5-9) with 17 points.