Peter Jok had 22 of his 26 points in the second half to help third-ranked Iowa blow past Northwestern 85-71 on Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa.
Jarrod Uthoff scored 23 points for the Hawkeyes (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten), who sent Northwestern to its fifth straight loss.
Uthoff shook off his season-low nine points in Thursday’s defeat at No. 8 Maryland with 19 in the first half as Iowa went up by 16. Jok followed with three straight threes and Iowa rolled to its seventh league win by at least 10 points.
“It’s just great to see him come back the way we expect him to play,” coach Fran McCaffrey said of Uthoff, the Big Ten’s leading scorer entering play.
Tre Demps had a season-high 30 points for Northwestern (15-8, 3-7). Bryant McIntosh, the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 15 points per game, was held to four.
“Uthoff and Jok were the two guys we wanted to be with [defensively] at all times,” Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. “If you’re going to be competitive with a really good team, you can’t let two of the top five scorers in the league combine for  points on you.”
No. 8 Maryland 66, Ohio State 61: Melo Trimble scored 20 points and Jake Layman added 16 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 8 Maryland beat Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
Trimble hit a three-pointer with 2:03 left for a 60-55 lead before Marc Loving made a pair of foul shots for Ohio State (14-9, 6-4) to trim the lead to three.
Maryland’s Robert Carter, who had 10 points, then made both shots from the line with 24.4 seconds left. JaQuan Lyle made one of two foul shots for OSU to cut the deficit to 62-58, but Rasheed Sulaimon hit two free throws for Maryland (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten) with 13.5 seconds left.
No. 12 Michigan State 96, Rutgers 62: Bryn Forbes scored all 18 of his points in the first half and No. 12 Michigan State tied a school record with 17 three-pointers in a victory over visiting Rutgers.
The Spartans (19-4, 6-4 Big Ten) have won three in a row since a three-game losing streak. They had little trouble with Rutgers (6-16, 0-9) thanks to their torrid outside shooting.
Michigan State led 44-33 at halftime after shooting 9-for-16 from three-point range. The Spartans finished 17-for-32 from beyond the arc, one game after going 16-for-26 from long distance in a blowout win over Northwestern.
Wisconsin 63, Illinois 55: Nigel Hayes scored 17 points, Bronson Koenig added 11 and Wisconsin beat Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
Wisconsin (13-9, 5-4 Big Ten) fell behind the Illini (10-12, 2-7) early but took its first lead at 23-22 on a dunk by Khalil Iverson, who had a career-high 10 points, with 4:56 left in the first half and never trailed again.