Associated Press, January 17, 2018

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Corey Sanders had 18 points and eight assists and two steals and Geo Baker had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, to lead Rutgers past Iowa 80-64 on Wednesday night.


While Iowa (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) was able to overcome a 20-point deficit in its last game at Illinois, they were unable to do it a second time in a row. Rutgers (12-8, 2-5 Big Ten) led by as many as 23 points with 14:31 to go.

Rutgers went on a 12-0 run capped off with a steal and dunk by Baker to take a 23-13 with 7:53 left in the first half. The Scarlet Knights followed that with a 13-6 run, once again capped off by Baker, who hit a 3 with 3:48 to go to make it 36-19 before heading into the break with a 38-24 lead.

Deshawn Freeman scored 14 points with eight rebounds and Issa Thiam added 16 points for Rutgers.

Jordan Bohannon scored 23 points, including five 3s, and Tyler Cook had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes.


Iowa: After their first Big Ten win of the season, the young Hawkeyes were unable to win back-to-back conference games and fell to .500. They were below .500 early in the season at 4-6.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights got a much-needed win after losing Mike Williams (ankle) for the foreseeable future prior to their last game. For a team that lacks depth, any injury would be troublesome, but the senior captain is Rutgers' sixth man with intangibles that can't be replaced.


Iowa: Host No. 3 Purdue for a Saturday matinee.

Rutgers: At No. 23 Michigan on Saturday afternoon.