IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa senior Matt Gatens has often been viewed as the steady though unspectacular leader of a rebuilding program.
Gatens showed how spectacular he can be against No. 18 Indiana on Sunday, burying the Hoosiers with a remarkable second-half shooting display.
Gatens scored a career-high 30 and the Hawkeyes beat Indiana 78-66 snapping the Hoosiers' three-game winning streak.
Melsahn Basabe had 13 points and five blocks for the Hawkeyes, who beat the Hoosiers in Iowa City for the seventh time in eight tries.
Iowa took an 11-point halftime lead and pushed it to 52-33 midway through the second half. Indiana closed to 10, but Gatens responded with four crucial 3-pointers to guide the Hawkeyes to the easy victory.
"Gatens, who was the most determined player on the floor in my opinion the whole day anyway, just took it to another level," IU coach Tom Crean said. "When he hit those shots, we just couldn't overcome it."
Freshman Cody Zeller had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Victor Oladipo added 15 points for Indiana (20-7, 8-7 Big Ten), which fell to 2-6 in conference road games.
"Give credit to Iowa. They came in and played a lot harder than we did. Outrebounded us, outdid us in pretty much everything, so that's all on us," said Indiana guard Jordan Hulls, who was held to two points.
This one quickly turned into a laugher early in the second half. However, few would have guessed it'd be the Hawkeyes running away with it.
Iowa (14-13, 6-8) pushed its lead to 48-32 on a transition layup from Gatens. Seldom-used big man Andrew Brommer then broke through traffic for a tip-in, giving Iowa a 19-point edge with 12:13 to go.
The Hoosiers finally got going by scoring nine straight to cut it to 52-42. That's when Gatens broke their momentum with a remarkable stretch of 3s.
"It was a lot of fun, but way more fun winning," Gatens said.
NO. 2 SYRACUSE 74, RUTGERS 64: C.J. Fair scored a career-high 21 and Scoop Jardine had 17, including a dagger 3-pointer with 1:11 left, as the visiting Orange (27-1, 14-1 Big East) took a 21/2-game lead in the conference over Marquette and Notre Dame.
NO. 5 DUKE 75, BC 50: Seth Curry scored 18 for the host Blue Devils (23-4, 10-2 ACC), who pulled into a tie for the conference lead with North Carolina and Florida State.
NO. 7 MICH. ST. 76, PURDUE 62: Draymond Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Austin Thornton had a career-high 17 points for the Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten), who won their second straight in West Lafayette and swept the Boilermakers this season to take a one-game lead atop the league.
NO. 15 WIS. 65, PENN ST. 55: Josh Gasser scored 15 for the host Badgers (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten), who have won eight of their past 10 games.
NO. 6 MIAMI 67, FSU 60: Riquna Williams scored 24, and the host Hurricanes (24-3, 13-1 ACC) tied Duke atop the conference. The Seminoles (13-15, 5-9) have lost four in a row for the first time since 2003-04.
UF 61, NO. 18 GEORGIA 57: Jennifer George had 15 points for the host Gators (17-10, 7-7 SEC), who used an 8-3 run in the game's final 2:47 to upset the Bulldogs (20-7, 9-5).
NO. 8 MD. 63, NO. 5 DUKE 61: Tianna Hawkins scored 19, including the tiebreaking basket with 14 seconds left, and the host Terrapins (23-5, 10-4 ACC) ended a bid by the Blue Devils (22-4, 13-1) to go unbeaten in the conference.
NO. 10 DEL. 40, DREXEL 39: Elena Delle Donne's leaner from the wing with two seconds left won it for the visiting Blue Hens (24-1, 15-0 Colonial), who clinched the conference's regular-season title.
NO. 13 TENN. 66, OLE MISS 56: Glory Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds to lead the visiting Volunteers (20-7, 11-3 SEC).
NO. 16 NEBRASKA 68, WIS. 59: Jordan Hooper had 19 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks to help the host Cornhuskers (20-6, 9-5 Big Ten) snap a three-game losing streak.
MICH. ST. 67, NO. 17 PURDUE 52, OT: Becca Mills scored 17 for the host Spartans, who scored the first 11 in overtime and outscored the Boilermakers (19-8, 9-5 Big Ten) 18-3 in the extra five minutes.
NO. 20 GA. TECH 85, BC 48: Tyaunna Marshall scored all of her 13 in the first half for the host Yellow Jackets (20-7, 10-4), who set a school mark for ACC victories and posted their sixth straight 20-win season.
NO. 25 S.C. 69, ALABAMA 55: La'Keisha Sutton had 13 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Gamecocks (20-7, 9-5 SEC).