No. 19 Hawkeyes Defeat Nebraska Behind Jarrod Uthoff and Mike Gesell

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hawkeyes won their fifth-straight game on Tuesday night.

No. 19 Iowa defeated Nebraska 77-66 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to move to 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

The Hawkeyes were driven by Jarrod Uthoff's 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Mike Gesell also continued his solid play with the first double-double of his career, posting 22 points and 10 assists.

"(Gesell) is just a terrific player, he's an incredibly hard worker, he's smart, he's got experience, he wants it badly," Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said. "He's doing exactly what I thought he would do."

Nebraska started out the game on a 10-0 run, but Iowa was able to quickly come back and took a 31-22 lead into halftime. The Hawkeyes controlled the game the entire second half and held a fairly comfortable advantage throughout the final 20 minutes.

"I think it was experience," McCaffery said. "Obviously we weren't ready at the start. We were not. But when we got the lead we didn't panic. They got a good team."

Iowa will now have several days off before facing No. 5 Michigan State on Jan. 14 in East Lansing. The Spartans will be hoping for revenge as the Hawkeyes knocked off then-ranked No. 1 Michigan State on Dec. 30.

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