No. 21 Iowa ended the final Hy-Vee Classic with a dominant 77-54 win over Northern Iowa Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The Hawkeyes are now 8-2, while the Panthers are 4-6.
Coverage from Des Moines
MVP: UNI couldn't match up with Tyler Cook. The Iowa forward tallied 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, plus 13 rebounds and five assists, most out of double teams. He surpassed 1,000 points for his career Saturday.
Turning point: It was obvious in the first half that the Panthers were in for a long day. UNI trailed 12-3 and later went nearly 8 1/2 minutes without scoring, as Iowa increased its lead to 25-7 on a Nicholas Baer 3-pointer with 7:19 left in the half. Iowa led 39-18 at halftime and was never tested in the second frame.
Key stat: 21.4. That was UNI's first-half field-goal percentage as Iowa quickly made this a one-sided game. The Panthers hit just 6-of-28 field goals in the first 20 minutes, including 2-of-15 from from 3-point range. UNI improved in the second half, shooting 48 percent from the field, but Iowa's offense was more than good enough to prevent a comeback.
Points: Tyler Cook, Luka Garza, Iowa (17); Wyatt Lohaus, UNI (15)
Rebounds: Tyler Cook, Iowa (13); Shandon Goldman, UNI (6)
Assists: Tyler Cook, Iowa (5); Isaiah Brown, UNI (3)
Steals: Connor McCaffery, Iowa (2)
Blocks: Nicholas Baer, Iowa (1)
3-Pointers: Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (3-5); Isaiah Brown, UNI (3-5)
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Hy-Vee Classic: Iowa State rallied to beat Drake 77-68 in Saturday's first Hy-Vee Classic game.
Up next: Iowa hosts Western Carolina (3-9) Tuesday at 8 p.m. (BTN). UNI takes on Grand Canyon in Cedar Falls at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN+).