Iowa’s victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions may have been one of the more balanced team wins all year. Nine Hawkeyes played double digit minutes and 6 of them scored 7 or more points.
I think that this game worried a lot of people, as do most Big Ten road games. But, for some reason this game worried me all year long. Penn State has knocked off some decent teams this year and everyone knew Iowa needed to be careful.
After a pretty brutal first half in which Iowa shot 35% from the field and Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White combined for 4 points, Iowa seemed to figure something out coming out of the locker room. Especially Aaron White, he had 4 quick points in the first 2 minutes of the second half.
A 7-0 run spanning from the nine minute mark to the seven minute mark and an 8-0 run from the 3:50 mark to the 2:30 mark were all Iowa needed to leave Penn State in the dust. Iowa made 16 free throws in the final four minutes of the contest to really inflate their point total.
This game was a lot closer throughout than the final score would indicate, but Iowa made key shots when it seemed like Penn State could still claw back into the game. They didn’t go away throughout the entire day and you had to expect that from a scrappy team like that.
Iowa was led by Melsahn Basabe who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Marble finished with 15 points on 10-12 shooting from the line. White seemed to find it late in the game, he finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Mike Gesell continued to be fantastic, he had 13 points and 7 assists while shooting 4-5 from behind the arc. Jarrod Uthoff was also really good off the bench in his 22 minutes, he had 7 points and 7 rebounds.
For Penn State, D.J. Newbill led the way with 22 points, which is no surprise as he has been good all year long.
Iowa has passed half of this little road trip test they’re on, but next up is at Indiana and a loss to this team wouldn’t look good if you’re Iowa. Currently the Hoosiers have lost 3 straight games including getting pounded against Purdue earlier Saturday afternoon.
Iowa’s game against Indiana is set for Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.