CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — AJ Green scored 24 points and Trae Berhow scored 23 with 11 rebounds and Northern Iowa won its fifth straight beating Marshall 88-80 on Sunday.

Berhow tied a career-high rebound total for the fifth time.

Spencer Haldeman added 13 points, Isaiah Brown 12 and Justin Dahl 10 for the Panthers who now stand 11-1. Northern Iowa is off to its best start since the 2011-12 season when it opened winning 10 of its first 11.

The Panthers shot 26 of 52 — including 9 of 18 from 3-point range — and had a 39-29 rebounding advantage. Northern Iowa extended its 41-38 halftime lead to 64-45 with Berhow free throw with 13:05 left.

Andrew Taylor led Marshall (5-7) with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting, Jarrod West scored 17, Taevion Kinsey 15 and Iran Bennett 11.

Northern Iowa begins Missouri Valley Conference play on New Year's Eve when it travels to Illinois State.

Marshall hosts Duquesne on Dec. 29 and then starts Conference USA action on Jan. 2 hosting Rice.


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