No. 23 Iowa beats Fairleigh Dickinson 92-59

  • Article by: LUKE MEREDITH
  • Associated Press
  • December 9, 2013 - 8:10 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Gabe Olaseni tied a career high with 14 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 23 Iowa blew past Fairleigh Dickinson 92-59 on Monday night for its 10th win.

Melsahn Basabe had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (10-1), who broke the game open with an early 19-0 run and led by at least 20 points for the entire second half.

Iowa outrebounded the Knights 54-32, including 30-13 in the first half, and cracked the 90-point plateau for the fourth time this season.

Mathias Seilund led Fairleigh Dickinson (3-9) with 19 points. The Knights were 21 of 65 from the field (32.3 percent).

FDU defeated fellow New Jersey schools Rutgers and Seton Hall in consecutive road games this season. But the Knights have also lost to the likes of Metro State and Norfolk State — and top-ranked Arizona beat them 100-50 last month.

It didn't take long for Iowa to let FDU know it was in for a long night.

The Knights scored the first six points, but once the Hawkeyes got rolling they had no answer. Iowa reeled off 19 straight points — and scored on 11 straight possessions at one point in the first half — to take a comfortable double-digit lead.

Jarrod Uthoff had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa, which later went on a 13-2 run for a 40-18 lead. The Hawkeyes committed just eight turnovers.

About the only thing that didn't go smoothly for the Hawkeyes was that star Devyn Marble took 22 minutes to get his first basket — on Devyn Marble bobblehead night.

Now Iowa can focus on one of its biggest non-conference game in years.

Iowa will play its first true road game of the season Friday night at No. 17 Iowa State — the first ranked meeting between the instate rivals in 26 years.

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