No. 5 Indiana squeaks out win at Iowa in Big Ten opener
Cody Zeller scored 15 points in the second half to help the Hoosiers surge to a 69-65 win.
AP Sports Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 5 Indiana escaped from Iowa City with a narrow win over an unranked opponent — and the Hoosiers were thrilled about it.
Life on the road figures to be this tough all season for Indiana and everyone else in the stacked Big Ten.
Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Indiana opened league play by holding off Iowa 69-65 on Monday night.
Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago.
"We know this is a huge win for us, coming in here," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "We kept saying that if we get a win in (Iowa) it's going to be a big deal, because not a lot of teams are coming in here and winning."
The versatile Oladipo was huge again for the Hoosiers in the final moments. He beat the shot clock with a putback with 1:04 left to put the Hoosiers up 65-60. He also made two key free throws with 26 seconds left to make it a two-possession game.
The Hoosiers went 3-6 on the road in the league last year, so this one was big.
"We struggled a lot on the road last year, but we won games on the road last year," Oladipo said. "We know what it takes in order to win games."
Aaron White had 15 points to lead Iowa (11-3, 0-1), which was hurt by 3-of-17 shooting from three-point range.
"To our credit we were much more effective in the second half in terms of our execution," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "We had great looks at it. Just have to shoot it better."
Other Top 10 men
At No. 7 Syracuse 96, Central Conn. St. 62
Michael Carter-Williams scored a career-high 18 points and added 13 assists, and Syracuse (12-1) beat Central Connecticut State (4-7) to give coach Jim Boeheim his 902nd career win, which ties Bob Knight for second in all-time victories among Division I men's coaches.
At No. 9 Minnesota 76, No. 18 Michigan St. 63
Andre Hollins had 22 points and six assists, and Rodney Williams added 15 points and six rebounds to lift Minnesota (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) to a victory over Michigan State (11-3, 0-1) to open conference play.
At Oregon State 84, Texas-Pan American 59
Ahmad Starks had 21 points and Oregon State (10-3) bounced back from its first home loss of the season to beat Texas-Pan American (7-9).
At Oregon 56,
Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 13 points each for Oregon (11-2), which will take a perfect home record into the new year following a win against Nevada (9-6).
No. 1 Connecticut 95,
at Oregon 51
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Stefanie Dolson added 16 as Connecticut (12-0) celebrated its return to the top of the rankings with a victory over Oregon (2-10).
Earlier in the day, the Huskies took over the No. 1 spot in the AP poll for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season.
At No. 16 UCLA 73,
St. Joseph's 65
Thea Lemberger tied her career high with four three-pointers in scoring 20 points to lead UCLA (9-2) over Saint Joseph's (8-5), sending the Bruins into Pac-12 play with two straight victories.