STATE COLLEGE, Pa. --Iowa overcame a sluggish first-half performance to work past Penn State 82-70 Saturday at Bryce Jordan Center.
The Hawkeyes trailed by two at halftime and then later 44-42 with 12:13 left in the game. But the Hawkeyes rallied with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Devyn Marble and Mike Gesell to put the Hawkeyes up 58-48.
No. 15 Iowa moves to 19-6 (8-4 Big Ten) while Penn State falls to 13-13 (4-9 Big Ten). Melsahn Basabe scored 16 points, Marble 15, Aaron White 14 and Gesell 13.
Marble now has scored in double digits in every Big Ten game, the only player to do so.
Penn State's D.J. Newbill led all scorers with 22 points. Iowa was 7-of-19 from 3-point range and 31-of-40 from the free-throw line.
A sizzling start was stifled by cold shooting late, and No. 15 Iowa trails Penn State 33-31 at halftime.
Iowa scored the game's first six points and led 29-21 on a jumper from Melsahn Basabe. Then the Nittany Lions cruised to finish the half on a 12-2 run and take the halftime advantage.
The Hawkeyes scored on their first two shots and first five possessions. But Iowa missed eight of its last nine attempts and were just 12 of 34 overall. The Hawkeyes missed five of 10 free-throw attempts.
Iowa struggled to defend Penn State guard D.J. Newbill, who scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Ross Travis added eight for the Nittany Lions.
Basabe scored a team-high 12 points, almost on 6-of-8 shooting. He added a pair of rebounds and blocks. The rest of the Hawkeyes combined for six field goals.Iowa has lost five of its last six here at Penn State, but won 74-72 last year.