Final: Northern Iowa 69, UNLV 66

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Quick thoughts from Northern Iowa-UNLV:

  • Ali! Ali! Ali! Northern Iowa guard Ali Farokhmanesh rose up from about 25 feet with five seconds left and buried the 3-pointer that won the game for the Panthers.

  • Northern Iowa took control of the game but UNLV wouldn't let the Panthers keep it, fighting back to tie the score with 37 seconds left. UNI ran the clock to get the winning shot -- which was hardly a designed play. UNI was in trouble until Farkohmanesh got open and stepped up.

  • Great game. It was tight the entire way. Two out of three so far here have been excellent and dramatic.