Rutgers spoiled No. 21 Iowa's home finale, blasting the Hawkeyes 86-72 Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to earn a regular-season split.
The Hawkeyes fell to 21-8 overall and 10-8 in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights are now 14-14, 7-11.
Coverage from Carver:
Turning point: Iowa's offense was off all day, but particularly during a stretch in the second half. The Hawkeyes went more than 10 minutes without a field goal, going 0 for 8 before Nicholas Baer's jumper. After getting within 50-41 with 13:01 left thanks to six straight free throws, the Hawkeyes fell behind 65-45 almost five minutes later as Rutgers made 6 of 7 shots. That included 3-pointers from Ron Harper Jr. and Geo Baker (2).
MVP: Harper poured in a career high 27 points on 9-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-7 from deep. His previous career high? Sixteen points in a loss to Iowa two weeks ago.
Key stat: 24.9. That's the difference between Rutgers' and Iowa's second-half field goal percentages (59.3 to 34.4) The Hawkeyes made 15 of 21 free throws, but struggled from the field, including a 5-of-19 mark from deep. Iowa shot 35.7 percent overall for the game.
Points: Nicholas Baer, Iowa (17); Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers (27)
Rebounds: Tyler Cook, Iowa (8); Geo Baker, Myles Johnson, Rutgers (6)
Assists: Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (3); Geo Baker, Rutgers (9)
Steals: Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (2); Geo Baker, Eugene Omoruyi, Caleb McConnell, Rutgers (2)
Blocks: Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (2); Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers (1)
3-Pointers: Nicholas Baer, Iowa (4-12); Issa Thiam, Rutgers (4-6)
Up next: Iowa visits No. 18 Wisconsin at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN). It's the second of head coach Fran McCaffery's two-game suspension.