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Panoam's 3-pointer in overtime carries UND to win over Denver

Bentiu Panoam's corner 3-pointer with just less than two minutes remaining in overtime sparked the Fighting Hawks to an 85-82 win over Denver.

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DENVER -- With its best player on the bench after fouling out, the UND men's basketball team still found a way to pick up a Summit League victory Friday afternoon.

Bentiu Panoam's corner 3-pointer with just less than two minutes remaining in overtime sparked the Fighting Hawks to an 85-82 win over Denver.

Panoam's big triple, which gave UND an 81-79 lead, came after a feed from a driving Seybian Sims.

"Good timing," UND coach Paul Sather said. "We needed a shot. That group that finished for us did a good job getting some stops and finding each other for open looks. That was a huge one."

UND's Filip Rebraca, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes, fouled out with 5:12 left in the second half.

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"Filip is a guy we go to a lot, and we were without him on the floor for a long period of time," Sather said. "He was cooking a little bit, too. That was a tough guy not to have on the court."

UND improved to 7-14 overall and 5-6 in the Summit. Denver dropped to 1-13 overall and 0-7 in Summit play.

"We found a way to win," Sather said. "The game was officiated really tight both ways. We were getting into foul trouble because we weren't adapting. The foul trouble obviously hurt us. But we managed to find a way, and that's important."

After Panoam's big shot, the Pioneers still had a chance. With 13 seconds to go, Jase Townsend completed a three-point play to cut UND's lead to 83-82.

However, Denver wasn't able to foul UND on the ensuing inbound play until Mitchell Sueker went to the line with 1.7 seconds remaining. He hit both free throws for the final margin.

Townsend finished with 25 points. He was 13-for-16 from the foul line and 5-for-15 from the field.

UND shot 50 percent from the floor and 45 percent from 3-point range. The Hawks led by as many as 13 in the first half and trailed by as many as eight in the second half (55-47 with 12:04 left).

In Rebraca's absence, UND went to freshman point guard Tyree Ihenacho, who finished with a career-high 19 points while playing a team-high 38 minutes. Ihenacho, who was 8-for-16 from the field, also added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. He had six turnovers.

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Sueker added 12 points on 10-for-11 shooting from the foul line. Brady Danielson came off the bench to add a season-high nine points.

The teams finish the two-game series on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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