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Hawks Thump The Panthers 65-46

Jake Kelly had 19 points to lead the University of Iowa men's basketball team to a 65-46 win over the University of Northern Iowa Tuesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
 
UNI was led by Adam Koch and Johnny Moran, who each reached double-digits with 10 points.  Jordan Eglseder added eight points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. 
 
Eglseder and Koch each got off to hot starts for the Panthers, as the pair combined for UNI's first 12 points of the game.  The score was even at 12-all when Kwadzo Ahelegbe got free on the left wing for a 15-foot jumper, giving the Panthers a 14-12 lead.
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<!--[endif]--> After Iowa's Matt Gatens hit a three to put the Hawks in front, 15-14, UNI went on a 7-0 run to quiet the home crowd.  Ahelegbe drained two free throws, and Johnny Moran and Travis Brown each hit three-pointers to give the Panthers a 22-15 lead with 3:49 left before intermission.  However, Iowa responded by scoring the final eight points of the half and took a 23-22 lead into the locker room.
 
Coming out of the break, Gatens hit a three, sandwiched around baskets from Kelly and Petersen, to extend Iowa's lead to 30-24 four minutes into the second half.  UNI answered, as Moran drained back-to-back jumpers and Ahelegbe hit one of two foul shots to get UNI within 30-29 with just over 14 minutes left in the game.
 
But Iowa then went on a 12-0 run over the next six minutes to move in front 42-29 with 8:47 left in the contest, and that proved to be enough room for the Hawks.  Travis Brown hit a three-pointer from the corner to get UNI within eight, 47-39, with 5:33 left, but the Panthers couldn't get any closer.  Iowa hit all of its free throws in the final two minutes, ending the game with its largest lead of the contest.
 
UNI shot 45 percent from the field, but struggled from behind the three-point arc, hitting just 5-of-21 shots.  Iowa connected on 50 percent of its shots and was 9-for-21 from three-point range.
 
With the victory, Iowa improved to 8-2 on the season, while UNI fell to 5-4.  The Panthers travel to face Wyoming this Sat., Dec. 13, with tipoff set for 4:30 pm (central).

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