PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Corey Sanders had 18 points and eight assists and two steals and Geo Baker had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, to lead Rutgers past Iowa 80-64 on Wednesday night.
While Iowa (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) was able to overcome a 20-point deficit in its last game at Illinois, they were unable to do it a second time in a row. Rutgers (12-8, 2-5 Big Ten) led by as many as 23 points with 14:31 to go.
Rutgers went on a 12-0 run capped off with a steal and dunk by Baker to take a 23-13 with 7:53 left in the first half. The Scarlet Knights followed that with a 13-6 run, once again capped off by Baker, who hit a 3 with 3:48 to go to make it 36-19 before heading into the break with a 38-24 lead.
Deshawn Freeman scored 14 points with eight rebounds and Issa Thiam added 16 points for Rutgers.
Jordan Bohannon scored 23 points, including five 3s, and Tyler Cook had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa: After their first Big Ten win of the season, the young Hawkeyes were unable to win back-to-back conference games and fell to .500. They were below .500 early in the season at 4-6.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights got a much-needed win after losing Mike Williams (ankle) for the foreseeable future prior to their last game. For a team that lacks depth, any injury would be troublesome, but the senior captain is Rutgers’ sixth man with intangibles that can’t be replaced.
Iowa: Host No. 3 Purdue for a Saturday matinee.
Rutgers: At No. 23 Michigan on Saturday afternoon.