Iowa raced to a 19-point halftime
lead and never looked back as the Hawkeyes continued their torrid early season
offensive prowess by rolling to a 88-55 win on Thursday over Northern Illinois
in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Hawkeyes (3-0) got a career-best
16 points off the bench from freshman guard Josh Oglesby and 15 from senior
Matt Gatens, while connecting on 13 of 21 from 3-point range in handing the
winless Huskies their third straight defeat to start the season under
first-year head coach Mark Montgomery.
Iowa, which shot 62 percent from the field in the first half en route to a
49-30 lead, was averaging 95.5 points in its first two games. Oglesby and
Gatens, who moved into 25th place on Iowa's all-time scoring list, paced the
first half onslaught with 11 points apiece. Eric May chipped in 14 points
for the Hawkeyes while Bryce Cartwright handed out a season-best nine assists.
The Hawkeyes’ bench outscored NIU
43-11 and held the Huskies to just 23 percent (7-31) in the second half.
Freshman Abdel Nader led NIU (0-3)
with 18 points and Tim Toler added 10 points and nine rebounds.