Iowa’s hot shooting and stingy defense blanketed Northern Illinois in a 98-75 win on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes (9-6) tied a program record with 34 assists (on 36 baskets), knocked down shots at a stellar rate (58 percent for the game), and found balanced scoring as they coasted against the Huskies (7-6).
Luka Garza had 25 points and didn’t miss a shot on eight attempts, while Tyler Cook finished 6-for-7 for 17 points.
Right from the get-go, everything clicked for the Hawkeyes. Iowa jumped out to a 13-0 lead within the game’s first 3 minutes.
Eugene German scored 20 points for the Huskies, and Justin Thomas had 16.
Newman grad Noah McCarty was 0-for-1 in 11 minutes of action.
Nebraska 71, Stetson 62: The Huskers pulled away late to avoid an upset in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers (10-5) trailed just once in the game, after Stetson’s Luke Doyle hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the second half. But the Huskers couldn’t shake the Hatters, who tied the game three times in the final minutes, the last at 48 on Doyle’s 3-pointer with 9:15 left.
Isaac Copeland and James Palmer each scored 13 for Nebraska, but were a combined 8-for-32 from the field. Anton Gill had 12 points for Nebraska.
Dixon native Isaiah Roby had four points, two rebounds and an assist for the Huskers.