Iowa tops Indiana 77-63
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Aaron White had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to a 77-63 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday night.
Jarrod Uthoff had 14 points and six rebounds, and Gabriel Olanseni added 13 points for the Hawkeyes (20-10, 11-6 Big Ten), who have won five straight.
Nick Zeisloft scored 15 points, all from 3-point range, and James Blackmon, Jr. finished with 14 points and five rebounds for the Hoosiers (19-11, 9-8), who have lost two in a row.
Olaseni’s go ahead basket with 5:40 left in the first half to make it 25-24 gave Iowa the lead for good.
Peter Jok, who finished with eight points, made two 3-pointers and Uthoff scored to put the Hawkeyes ahead 61-48. They led by as much as 16 when Anthony Clemmons scored a free throw with 1:10 left to play.
Iowa continued its streak to get on track for the postseason. And against the Hoosiers, it was White and Olaseni who led the way.
Blackmon hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to put the Hoosiers within a point, but then the Hawkeyes went on a 12-2 run.
White made a layup and dunked, and Olaseni scored on a put-back dunk and later a jumper to put Iowa ahead 40-31 with 13:54 remaining.
Iowa took an 11 point lead when Olaseni scored to make it 44-33, but then Troy Williams scored a layup and Yogi Ferrell a 3-pointer to get Indiana back within six.
The Hoosiers played sloppy most of the game, had 14 turnovers and shot 38.3 percent.
But when Indiana scored, the Hawkeyes answered.
After Ferrell’s 3, Olaseni made a jumper to extend the Iowa lead again.
Later, Zeisloft scored a 3-pointer to make it 48-43, but Olaseni scored a 3 of his own.
Things started to fall apart for the Hoosiers when the Hawkeyes went on an 8-1 run to take a 23-20 lead on a basket by Adam Woodbury with 6:55 remaining in the first half.
Stanford Robinson scored two free throws and Hanner Mosquera-Perea made a layup to regain the lead, 24-23, but the Hoosiers failed to make another field goal until Robert Johnson’s basket at the buzzer to make it 32-28 at the break.
Still the Hawkeyes never led by more than six in the first half.
Iowa: Aaron White has combined to score 71 points and grab 27 rebounds over the last three games. He scored 21 points in Iowa’s 81-77 overtime win at Penn State on Saturday and 29 in a win over Illinois on Wednesday.
Indiana: The Hoosiers made 8 of 14 shots to start the game, but then struggled to score baskets and shot just 35.7 percent in the first half, 3 of 12 from 3-point range and finished with 10 baskets from behind the arc.
Iowa: Host Northwestern on Saturday.
Indiana: Host Michigan St. on Saturday.