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Iowa drops Penn State 67-64 for first Big Ten win


IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The University of Iowa earned its first league victory in men's basketball inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday afternoon, 67-64, over Penn State.

Aaron Fuller's second consecutive double-double -- this time 20 points and 10 rebounds -- paced the Hawkeyes (7-11 overall, 1-4 Big Ten). Matt Gatens chipped in with 14 points and point guard Cully Payne handed out a career-high seven assists.

Iowa shot 22 of 52 (42 percent) from the floor, 7 of 25 (28 percent) from long-distance, and 18 of 25 (72 percent) from the charity stripe. Talor Battle led Penn State (8-9, 0-5) with a game-high 31 points.

"I think (Fuller) finally has two good wheels," UI head coach Todd Lickliter said. "He's sore and had a bad ankle. If you look at him, you can see how hard he's worked in the offseason. He was always a good offensive rebounder but now he has the strength to add to it. You can't ask a kid to get double-doubles all the time but as longs as he keeps going to the offensive glass like that, he's going to be very productive."

Seven of Fuller's 10 rebounds came on the offensive end.

Iowa will head to East Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 20, to take on Michigan State with a 5:35 p.m. tipoff inside the Breslin Center.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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