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No. 1 Indiana overcomes rugged start to pull away from Iowa

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Associated Press
3/2/2013 9:56:57 PM
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell added a career-high 19 as No. 1 Indiana got past Iowa 73-60 on Saturday night.

The Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten) rebounded from this week's loss to Minnesota. But it was no typical night for Indiana's shooters, who were 38.9 per cent from the field and didn't hit a 3-pointer until the final minute.

But Indiana played defence and took care of the ball.

Iowa (18-11, 7-9) committed 14 of its 19 turnovers in the first half and shot just 38.2 per cent from the field. Roy Devyn Marble scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to lead Iowa, while Aaron White had 14.

Indiana used an early 10-2 spurt and a 6-0 run to close the half to take a 26-14 halftime lead.

Iowa couldn't get closer than eight in the second half.

It was an ugly game all the way around.

Over the first 20 minutes, only three players -- Zeller and Victor Oladipo for Indiana and Melsahn Basabe of Iowa -- made more than one basket. Basabe and Zeller each had three baskets, Oladipo had two. The two teams were a combined 0 for 16 on 3-pointers until Marble finally knocked one down from beyond the arc with 16:31 left in the game.

Indiana finished 2 of 14 3s -- both coming in the final 48.6 seconds.

And Iowa had as many first-half turnovers as it did points (14) in its lowest scoring half of the season. The Hawkeyes' previous worst was a 16-point first half against Purdue on Jan. 27 -- Iowa's last trip to the Hoosier State.

Then things got just plain tough.

While the scoring improved, Marble hopped straight into the Iowa locker room after appearing to hurt his ankle. He returned a few minutes later.

Zeller left briefly after a cut on his chin left blood spots on the side of his white shorts.

And Iowa's Eric May came up grimacing after Zeller was called for a foul but stayed in the game.

Somehow the Hoosiers still found a way to make this one look easy.

Iowa opened the second half with four straight points to cut the deficit 26-18.

Eventually, the Hoosiers went on a 9-4 run to make it 43-27, extended the lead to 18, and didn't allow the Hawkeyes to get closer than 10 the rest of the night.

Cody Zeller (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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