Iowa Blows By Northwestern, 76-50

Photo: Northwestern Athletics
Photo: Northwestern Athletics

Even a hot Northwestern team was no match for No. 10 Iowa (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) on Saturday.

The Hawkeyes blew past the Wildcats (10-11, 3-5) in the second half for a 76-50 victory. The 26-point margin was the same as in their first meeting on Jan. 9, when Iowa won, 93-67.

“I just thought they wore us down,” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said. “It was more about them playing good than us playing poorly. They’re a really good team and we’re just not at that level right now.”

Northwestern hung close with Iowa for the entire first half and struck first in the second. Junior JerShon Cobb drained a corner three-pointer to bring the Wildcats within 30-27.

The Wildcats remained in striking distance at 45-38 with 12:44 remaining, but then the Hawkeyes’ 11-0 run put the game out of reach.

Iowa’s lead grew to 24 points, but Northwestern faced a respectable, 19-point deficit at the under-4 minute media timeout. The Hawkeyes then finished the game on a 9-2 run.

“In the first half, we were being too methodical and weren’t playing our game,” Iowa junior Gabriel Olaseni said. “The coaching staff settled us down at half and told us to get back to what we do — defensive stops and run-outs. That’s what we try to do every game and I am glad we started doing it a lot more in the second half.”

Senior Drew Crawford led Northwestern with 20 points, and sophomore Tre Demps added 11 off the bench. The performance was Demps’ fifth straight in double figures.

Cobb recorded seven points, six rebounds and five assists.

Iowa displayed a balanced attack.

Senior Roy Devyn Marble and Olaseni shared team-highs of 14 points, and sophomore Mike Gesell was the only other Hawkeye to reach double figures.

Five other Hawkeyes scored at least five points.

Northwestern continues its Big Ten slate Wednesday at No. 9 Wisconsin.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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