Hawkeyes Smother Nebraska

Iowa overwhelmed Nebraska, 74-46, Sunday in Lincoln. Aaron White posted a double-double for the winners and Jarrod Uthoff filled various categories in the box score.

Box Score

Iowa's resume took a hit last week when it was upset at Northwestern. To the Hawkeyes' credit, they avoided a repeat performance Sunday in Nebraska.

Iowa rolled the Huskers, 74-46, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. It was only Nebraska's second home loss in conference at the two-year old, state-of-the-art facility. Its previous worst setback there was by 10 points.

The Hawkeyes 28-point blowout followed a 81-47 stomping at Rutgers in Iowa City on Thursday. Few people probably saw Iowa winning two games by an average of 31 points after last week's struggles.

Before losing in overtime at Northwestern, which ended a 10-game skid, last Sunday, Iowa fell at home against Minnesota three days earlier. The Hawkeyes had been heavily favored to beat both teams.

Iowa (17-10 overall, 8-6 Big Ten) never let the Huskers get their home crowd into Sunday's game. The visitors jumped out to an 18-5 lead and finished the first half on a 21-2 run for a 42-16 lead at the intermission.

The Hawkeyes' formula for success this season has been sharing the ball well on offense, leading to good shots. When those attempts drop, it inspires them to play hard on defense.

Those components were present on Sunday. Iowa shot 29-58 (50 percent) from the floor, including 5 of 10 on three-pointers, and recorded 17 assists on 29 baskets. The Huskers (13-14, 5-10) were 17-52 (32.7 percent) from the field overall and 2 of 18 (11.1) on threes.

Senior Aaron White record his second double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) of the season for the winners and first one since accomplishing it against Syracuse in November. Peter Jok added 14 points for the Hawkeyes while teammate Jarrod Uthoff scored 11, grabbed five rebounds, blocked four shots and dished out three assists.

Iowa received strong play from its junior points guards Mike Gesell and Anthony Clemmons. The duo combined for 16 points (7-12 from floor) and 11 assists with four turnovers. Center Adam Woodbury added seven rebounds and three steals for the Hawkeyes, who improved to 5-3 in true road games this season.

Iowa returns to action on Wednesday when it plays host to Illinois.


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