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UNI barely escapes American University

Wednesday, December 27, 2000

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico - Adam Wilde's only points came in the final 1:05 and gave Northern Iowa a 72-70 victory over American University of Puerto Rico in the consolation bracket of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic.

Wilde, a 6-foot-5 senior forward who played a total of eight minutes and only three in the second half, gave the Panthers a 70-68 lead with two free throws with 1:05 to play.

The Division II Pirates, who play host to the eight-team tournament, tied it with 45 seconds left on two free throws by Javier Gonzalez.

Northern Iowa then worked the ball around and forward Joe Breakenridge, who finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds, had it the corner and fell to one knee as the shot clock wound down. He flipped the ball toward the lane, where Wilde grabbed it and laid it in with 10 seconds left.

A 3-pointer by American's Johan Turner was short as time expired.

Northern Iowa, which snapped a three-game losing streak, played Youngstown State for fifth place.

Damond Gregory had 12 points for the Panthers, while Erik Smith added 10.

Gonzalez had 18 points for the Pirates, while Joan Hernandez added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Northern Iowa took its first lead of the second half on a driving layup by Martin Coon with 4:14 to play. American got a two-point lead three times after that but the Panthers tied it each time.

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