Freshman Aaron White scored a career-high 25 points, sophomore Zach McCabe tied a career high with 20 and seventh-seeded Iowa rolled past Dayton 84-75 on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT
Sophomore Melsahn Basabe added 15 points for the Hawkeyes (18-16), who will play Oregon in the second round.
Iowa, which was playing in its first postseason tournament game in six years, broke open a tie game with a 16-3 run midway through the second half to go ahead 65-52.
Kevin Dillard had 23 points for Dayton (20-13), which beat Minnesota, Alabama and Mississippi this season.
Though the Flyers were the higher seed, the game was played in Iowa City because the First Four NCAA Tournament was being played in Dayton.
The Hawkeyes will travel to Eugene, Oregon to face the Ducks on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Iowa time. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.