IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Freshman Melsahn Basabe scored 14 points and Iowa beat Northern Iowa 51-39 Tuesday night to move past .500 for the first time this season.
Jarryd Cole added 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who improved to 22-1 against the Panthers in Iowa City and won back-to-back games for the first times this season.
Iowa (5-4) turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 37-28 lead early in the second half. The Hawkeyes held Northern Iowa (4-3) to just two points in a six-minute stretch late in the second half, and Matt Gatens' 3 with 2:53 left gave Iowa a 46-36 lead.
The Panthers shot just 17.9 percent in the second half and finished the game 6 of 30 from 3-point range.