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Northwestern Defeats Iowa, 70-66

IOWA CITY – Fran McCaffery’s Iowa Hawkeyes couldn’t quite muster a send-off victory for heralded senior Matt Gatens today against the Northwestern Wildcats.

Despite 17 points from Gatens and a huge first half lead of 15 points, Iowa gave Northwestern a better shot at the NCAA tourney by letting that all slip away.  Northwestern stormed back to take a 7 point halftime lead and held off a late Iowa charge to hold on for the 70-66 victory.

Iowa held Northwestern’s “baby-faced assassin” John Shurna to just 9 points, but forwards Drew Crawford and JerShon Cobb picked up the slack, both scoring in double figures.

Iowa got 14 points and 3 steals from freshman Aaron White.  Gatens was just 2-7 from three-point range.

Iowa finishes the Big 1o regular season at 8-10 in conference play, 16-15 overall.  The Big Ten conference tourney starts next week.  Iowa will play Illinois in the 8-9 game in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis on Thursday at 10:30 am (CT). The game will be televised on BTN. It will be the first ever meeting between the two teams in the Big Ten Tournament.

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