IOWA CITY, Ia. - Iowa broke through with its first Big Ten win of the season. The rebuilding Hawkeyes received a big lift from underclassmen.
Iowa ran past Indiana, 91-77, Sunday here at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The crowd was announced as being 11,860, paid. It actually was closer to 8,000.
Freshman Melsahn Basabe led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while classmate Devyn Marble scored a career-high 18. Sophomore Eric May chipped in with 11 points and five boards and lifted the crowd with a pair of thunderous dunks.
Junior Matt Gatens converted 11 of 12 free throw attempts for Iowa en route to 19 points. The Hawkeyes shot 57.7 percent from the floor, including 65.2 after the intermission.
Indiana's Christian Watford led all scorers with 30 points. The Hoosiers (10-10 overall, 1-6 Big Ten) shot 37.1 percent from the floor, including just 8 of 27 from beyond the arc.
Iowa (8-11, 1-6) led by 10 at the half. The Hawkeyes built that to a 20-point advantage on a Bryce Cartwright jumper midway through the second.
The Hawkeyes try to make it two in a row on Wednesday when they travel to State College to challenge Penn State.