Recap: Iowa vs. Northwestern
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - In the first round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament, the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated the Northwestern Wildcats, 73-59, at the United Center.
The Hawkeyes (21-11) have won three in a row and will face third-seeded Michigan State in the quarterfinals on Friday night. Roy Devyn Marble contributed 19 points and six rebounds, while Mike Gesell had 13 points. Melsahn Basabe recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds and 10 points to go with five blocks.
The Wildcats (13-19) dropped their ninth consecutive game to end the season. Reggie Hearn had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Alex Olah added 12 points and seven rebounds. Tre Demps managed 11 points of his own.
Iowa led 36-22 at intermission after holding the Wildcats to just 32.0 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
Although the Hawkeyes shot poorly from the floor in the second half (.281), they gained 15 points at the free-throw line and their lead was never in doubt.
Iowa earned its win on the boards, taking a huge 48-31 rebounding advantage.Game Notes