Hawkeyes Humble the Hoosiers, Win Fifth Straight

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Bloomington, Indiana

By Rick Brown, Des Moines Register

Five straight and counting.

Iowa’s basketball team won its fifth straight Big Ten game for the first time since the 1996-97 season with a dominating 77-63 victory over Indiana Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

Iowa improved to 11-6 in the Big Ten and 20-10 overall. The Hawkeyes reached the 20-victory plateau for the third consecutive season.

Aaron White led Iowa with 21 points, one of four Hawkeyes in double figures. Jarrod Uthoff added 14, Gabe Olaseni 13 and Anthony Clemmons 10. Olaseni also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

In one wild second-half sequence, Olaseni blocked a shot at one end and had a one-handed rebound dunk on the other.

Indiana fell 19-11 overall and 9-8 in Big Ten play.

Iowa led by as many as six points in the first half, and took a 32-28 advantage into halftime as Jarrod Uthoff scored nine points and Aaron White eight.

Both teams had trouble protecting the ball in the frenetic first 20 minutes. Iowa had seven turnovers, five by Peter Jok. That’s more turnovers than the sophomore had had in a game this season. And three turnovers had been his most in a Big Ten game.

But Indiana was more than generous itself with nine turnovers.

Indiana got within a point when James Blackmon Jr. nailed a 3-pointer to start the second half. But Iowa responded with an 8-0 run to go in front 40-31 on White’s transition basket with 14:50 left, and Indiana coach Tom Crean called timeout.

Soon after, Gabe Olaseni’s basket from the lane put the Hawkeyes in front 44-33 at the 13:55 mark. That was Iowa’s seventh scoring possession in the last nine.

Iowa’s lead grew to 14, at 63-49, on Anthony Clemmons’ two free throws at the 5:26 mark. And then Clemmons’ drive to the basket at the 2:53 mark made it 68-53.