It was clear by the end of the first half that the Iowa Hawkeyes were simply having their way with the Northern Illinois Huskies, and that's born out in the 88-55 final score of Thursday night's game. Iowa led 49-30 at halftime and only extended that lead in the second half.
In a game where the Hawkeyes led by as much as 39 points, the home crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena really got a treat. Iowa finished the game shooting 33-for-61 from the field, a 54 percent field goal percentage, and were a stunning 13-for-21 from three-point range. With the Huskies shooting just 35 percent from the field and an even more disappointing 27 percent on threes, they never really stood a chance.
Forward Abdel Nader led the way for Northern Illinois, scoring 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Tim Toler added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the Huskies. Iowa spread the wealth, as 15 different players recorded minutes and 11 of those players scored points. Hawkeyes guard Josh Oglesby scored 16 points and notched 5 rebounds, fellow guard Matt Gatens added 15 on 5-for-6 shooting, Eric May scored 14 on 6-for-8 shooting, and point guard Bryce Cartwright tallied nine assists.
The loss puts Northern Illinois at 0-3 on the year, a disappointing start to the season. Iowa moves to 3-0, and has scored an impressive 93 points per game so far.