IOWA CITY, Ia. - Just imagine in Jarryd Cole was healthy.
Iowa's lone senior and team captain fought off illness and Louisiana Tech here on Tuesday night as the Hawkeyes came away with a 77-58 win. Cole grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and added 10 points after vomiting most of Monday night and needing an IV before the game.
"I will tell you this, Jarryd Cole's performance, one of the gutsiest I've been around," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
Bryce Cartwright delivered arguably his best game as a Hawkeye on Tuesday. The junior college transfer from California scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out seven assists against two turnovers. His father flew in from Compton to watch his son for the first time at Iowa.
"I surveyed the floor better," Cartwright said of putting a well-rounded game together. "I picked my spots a little bit better."
Cartwright rooms with Cole.
"I heard him up all night," Cartwright said. "That was incredible for him to go and give a performance like that. That was big time for us."
Matt Gatens scored a season-high 22 points for Iowa. The junior from Iowa City connected on five of nine attempts from behind the three-point arc. Eric May added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists for the winners.
Iowa was out rebounded by six in the first half but came back for a 37-35 advantage at game's end.
"Melsahn (Basabe) and Jarryd really got after it and it wasn't just them," McCaffery said.
Basabe finished with seven points and three rebounds, all the second half. He also was under the weather, McCaffery said.
The favored Hawkeyes (7-5) led by one at halftime as Tech. The Bulldogs hung within striking distance until Cole's lay-up followed by Cartwright's jumper pushed the home team's lead to 64-51 with 5:06 to play in the game.
Tech (9-5) couldn't get its deficit under double digits the rest of the way. The Hawkeyes finished the game on a 23-7 run during the last five minutes.
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