Coming in 3-2 in B1G, Northwestern had a “must-win” game on their hands vs. Iowa, looking to give themselves some breathing room before the next stretch of conference games. Despite beating Rutgers, NU’s poor offensive play would have to improve to handle Iowa.
• Chris Collins started it off with the usual group: McIntosh, Lindsey, Lumpkin, Law.
• Iowa went with Cook, Pemsl, Bohannon, Jok, and Moss.
• Starting things off, Northwestern went up 8-0 vs the Hawkeyes.
• After staying in control up 19-9, Iowa would come back within 3 at 22-25.
• Unlike some other games, Northwestern stayed in the driver’s seat to close the half out on a 19-10 run, going into the break up 44-32.
• Starting off the 2nd half, it was much of the same. Despite a small Iowa rally to pull within nine, Northwestern would go up 17 within a matter of minutes.
• Despite being up an impressive 20 points with 9 minutes left, Northwestern began to keep pounding the Iowa defense.
• After going up 64-50, Northwestern went on to score an incredible 18 points in a row, in just over 4 minutes, to go up 84-50.
• Even after going up 30 with just over five minutes left, Northwestern refused to relinquish their margin, closing out the game with an 89-54 win over Iowa.
• As this felt like Northwestern’s night, Iowa struggled mightily from the field, shooting just 35.3% from the field while missing open looks. NU was a fantastic 59.7% and 11-24 from 3-point range.
• NU won the rebounding battle by a whopping 39-24 and had 29 assists compared to Iowa’s 12.
• Once again, foul trouble was a slight issue for NU as both Dererk Pardon, Isaiah Brown, and Gavin Skelly had three fouls a piece. Three other players also had two fouls.
• Having an incredible night, Bryant McIntosh scored 20 points, going 9-11 from the field, and adding in 10 dimes to cap off a double-double. Scottie Lindsey lead NU with 22 points while Pardon and Law had 14 and 12 respectively.
• Indicative of how their night went, Cook and Kriener’s 14 points a-piece made them the only Hawkeyes to have more than six on the night. Peter Jok was just 2-9 from the field.
• Next up for Iowa, they will host a hot Maryland Terrapins team Thursday night in Iowa City.
• For Northwestern, they have the week off before visiting Columbus Sunday, to play an Ohio State team that will badly want another conference win.

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