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Lost to Northwestern Iowa 87-80


Josh Dix scored a career-high 24 points, Payton Sandfort scored 23 points and Iowa defeated Northwestern 87-80 on Saturday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.

Dix shot 9 of 13 overall and 4 of 5 from three-point range. Sanfort finished with 6 assists and 5 rebounds on 7/14 shooting. Ben Krikke scored 12 points and Tony Perkins had 10 points and 14 assists for Iowa (18-12, 10-9 Big Ten).

Boo Buie led Northwestern (20-9, 11-7) with 27 points and 7 assists while shooting 9-of-13 and 6-of-7 from three-point range. Brooks Barnhizer scored 20 points, Nick Martinelli scored 17 and Blake Smith scored 11 points.

Buie’s three-pointer with 1 minute, 42 seconds left made it a one-possession game with 1 minute, 42 seconds left, but Sandfort responded with a three-point play, making the score 80-74 33 seconds later. The rest of the way it was at least a two possession game.

Iowa shot 55% overall, made 10 of 20 from 3-point range, and finished with 25 assists on 33 shots.

Dix hit a three-pointer before Krikke made a layup, and Sandfort added two free throws to make the score 48-41 with 15:31 left, the largest lead for either team to that point. Buie made a layup about two minutes later that cut Northwestern’s deficit to four. Dix made two foul shots, Sandfort followed with 3 foul shots and Perkins made a fadeaway shot in the lane to give the Hawkeyes a 59-48 lead with 11:22 left.

Buie hit two 3-pointers 32 seconds apart to go on a 12-4 spurt to pull the Wildcats within three with eight minutes remaining. Barnhizer made a 3-pointer with 5:43 left to make it 67-65, but Krikke answered with two free throws before Owen Freeman and Sandfort made back-to-back layups to pull Northwestern closer.

Northwestern retired the first jersey in university history at halftime, honoring Billy McKinney by hoisting his No. 30 into the rafters. McKinney, a 6-foot-10 point guard, played at Northwestern from 1973-77 and finished as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,900 career points; This is a figure that will continue for 35 years. He played seven seasons in the NBA and was elected mayor of his hometown, Zion, in 2019.

The Hawkeyes will be off until March 10, when they wrap up the regular season at home against Illinois. Northwestern visits Michigan State on Wednesday before hosting Minnesota in the regular season finale on Saturday.


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