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.
For more on the game, check out Red And Black Attack, SB Nation's Northern Illinois Huskies blog, and Black Heart Gold Pants, SB Nation's Iowa Hawkeyes blog.