CHICAGO – Devyn Marble scored 19 points to help Iowa hold on for an important 73-59 victory over Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday night.
Mike Gesell added 11 points, including a clinching three-point play with 1:41 left, as the Hawkeyes (21-11) continued their late-season push for a spot in the NCAA tournament with their eighth victory in 10 games.
Reggie Hearn powered a late Northwestern rally after an awful start, scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second half. He drove inside to trim Iowa’s lead to 50-43 with 8:27 left, but Marble and Gesell each hit a big 3-pointer to help the Hawkeyes hold on for their third consecutive victory.
Melsahn Basabe had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Iowa, which shot just 37.1 percent but enjoyed a 48-31 advantage on the boards. The Hawkeyes scored the game’s first 11 points and led 15-2 just 8 minutes into the game.
Alex Olah scored 12 points for Northwestern (13-19), and Tre Demps finished with 11.
No. 6 Michigan 83, Penn St. 66: Trey Burke scored 21 points, three more Wolverines hit double figures, and Michigan won its first-round game in Chicago, avenging its shocking regular-season loss to the Nittany Lions.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas each added 15 points for the Wolverines, who will play fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the quarterfinals today. Freshman reserve Mitch McGary chipped in with 10 points and 11 rebounds, helping Michigan to a 28-15 advantage in second-chance points.
D.J. Newbill scored 20 points for Penn State, which faded after a fast start. Sasa Borovnjak scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half, and Ross Travis finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Nittany Lions.
Nebraska 57, Purdue 55: Shavon Shields scored 19 points, Brandon Ubel added 16 points and eight rebounds, and the Cornhuskers pulled off the Big Ten Tournament’s first upset.
The 10th-seeded Cornhuskers missed free throws down the stretch, but hung on after Purdue’s Terone Johnson missed two shots in the closing seconds. Nebraska meets No. 10 Ohio State in today’s quarterfinals.
D.J. Byrd led seventh-seeded Purdue with 15 points and eight rebounds.