Iowa (4-2) had no trouble defeating Northern Illinois (2-1) on Wednesday, defeating the Huskies 70-49. The Hawkeyes have now won the first two games of a three-game home stand.
Meanwhile, this was the Huskies first loss of the season. They came in with home wins against Idaho and Aurora.
Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures Wednesday. Senior forward Aaron White and junior guard Anthony Clemmons each scored 14 points. Junior forward Adam Woodbury added 12 points and senior forward Gabriel Olaseni had 10.
Northern Illinois could get nothing going all game long against Iowa. The Huskies shot 27.9% from the field and turned the ball over 17 times.
Junior forward Jared Uthoff rejected a career-high five shots.
“I thought we were pretty locked in,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “Our offense is still not where we want it to be. So it was absolutely critical that our defense be exactly that.”
For Northern Illinois, only sophomore guard Aaric Armstead reached double figures in scoring with 13 points. The only other bright spot for the Huskies was their 23 offensive rebounds.
“I thought we competed and played hard,” Northern Illinois coach Mark Montgomery said. “I just expected more from my team. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well and that hurts. When you are in a big game on the road you have to knock down a few shots.”
The Hawkeyes finish their three-game home stand Saturday against Longwood (2-4).
Northern Illinois returns to action at home Sunday against Maine (0-4).