Iowa rebounded from a road loss at Michigan by pasting Northwestern 76-50 at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday afternoon.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- In a junky, funky first half, Iowa crushed Northwestern in nearly every statistical category yet leads just 30-24 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Hawkeyes shot 50 percent (14-28), had nine assists and outrebounded the Wildcats 23-12. Northwestern shot just 31 percent and was 2 of 9 from 3-point range. Yet, nine Iowa turnovers prevented a half of domination and has kept the Wildcats within striking distance.
Iowa led 23-15 with 7:27 left on back-to-back baskets from Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell. But Northwestern's Drew Crawford, who scored 13 points, scored buckets on consecutive possessions to keep the Wildcats within four points.
The Hawkeyes extended their lead to six on a thunderous putback dunk from Gabe Olaseni but a Tre Demps drive cut it back to four. A Zach McCabe 3-pointer pushed Iowa ahead 28-21, but Crawford drove into McCabe and was fouled completing the shot at the other end. The ensuing free throw brought Northwestern within four once again.
Iowa's Melsahn Basabe hit a jumper with 1 second left to provide the halftime margin.
Aaron White and Devyn Marble combined for two first-half points for the Hawkeyes. Olaseni led the way with six points and six rebounds.
Northwestern's JerShon Cobb chopped Iowa's lead to 30-27 with a 3-pointer. After a Tre Demps 3-pointer later trimmed Iowa's lead to 34-30, Iowa scored on its next four possessions to open a 43-32 lead. Mike Gesell was vital with a 3-pointer and follow with a drive to the basket.
Iowa extended its lead to 50-38 with a drive from McCabe and a 3-pointer from Marble. Marble then scored four consecutive points from the free-throw line and an Olaseni turnaround jumper pushed Iowa up 56-38. Drew Crawford scored on a drive and a jumper to trim the deficit to 14 points, but Gesell drove to the basket to move ahead 58-42.
The Hawkeyes continued to roll through Northwestern with a Josh Oglesby drive and 3-pointer, plus an Olaseni basket and free throw. The Hawkeyes led 67-48 with 3:53 left.
Iowa finished strong with both Marble and Aaron White scoring on traditional three-point plays. Adam Woodbury added the final basket with 56 seconds left for the 76-50 win.
Olaseni finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Iowa shot 51.9 percent and outrebounded Northwestern 44-20. Marble scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Gesell scored 11 for Iowa.
Crawford led all scorers with 20 points for Northwestern.