A win is a win.
Was it pretty? Not really, but with what the Iowa Hawkeyes have went through over the last couple of weeks, a tally in the win column is huge, doesn’t matter how it got there.
Iowa bested Purdue and got a much needed victory, the final was 83-76.
This game did not come easy for Iowa and after the last three games, I don’t think anyone thought it would. This would be a dogfight from start to finish. Iowa held the lead for most of the first half and extended that lead to 13 points at the halftime break thanks to a 7-0 run in the last minute of the first half.
Purdue did not go away though, they came out of the locker room with a renewed intensity. The Boilers went on a 12-2 run to start the half and cut the Hawkeye lead to 3. Just like that we had a game again.
The teams would trade punches for the next couple minutes before Purdue took a 4 point lead with just over 11 minutes left in the game. Unfortunately for them, they wouldn’t score for 6 straight minutes and Iowa would go on an 8-0 run to reclaim what they once had.
One of the biggest plays of the game came with about three and half minutes left in the game. Iowa led by one point when Josh Oglesby rose up and drilled a three ball to give Iowa a four point lead. After Roy Devyn Marble made a jumper on Iowa’s next trip, it was a free throw game for Iowa, which hasn’t always been the prettiest of things.
Iowa would hit 8 of 11 free throws down the stretch to clinch their 9th Big Ten victory. With Ohio State’s loss to Indiana, Iowa is now in sole possession of fourth place in the Big Ten.
Marble had a game high 21 points for Iowa along with 5 assists. Aaron White recorded his fifth double double of the year and his second in as many games. White had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Gesell and Oglesby were also in double figures for Iowa with 15 and 11 respectively.
This was a big victory for the Hawkeyes, but there is still more work to be done. Iowa still has games at Michigan State and then senior night at home against Illinois.
The game in East Lansing will take place this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. CT. The Spartans are currently riding a two game losing streak, so the Hawkeyes could be catching them at just the right time.