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Fairleigh Dickinson vs Iowa

Olaseni, No. 23 Iowa dominate Fairleigh Dickinson

CBSSports.com wire reports
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- With an early start time, a late-arriving crowd and a huge rivalry game to look ahead to, No. 23 Iowa could have easily overlooked heavy underdog Fairleigh Dickinson.

The Hawkeyes still had more than enough energy to put aside the Knights.

Gabe Olaseni tied a career high with 14 points and had 10 rebounds as Iowa pulled away to a 92-59 victory Monday night, its 10th win of the season.

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 got 51 points from its bench, which was led by Olaseni and Jarrod Uthoff, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

''The bench has been great. We got the break going. We threw it ahead, really attacked,'' Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

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 and Sidney Sanders had 16 - albeit on 5-of-20 shooting from the field.

The Knights shot 32.3 percent overall (21 of 65).

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.

Iowa, which later went on a 13-2 run for a 40-18 lead, committed just eight turnovers against 19 assists.

''They're really good. We played Arizona, and I think Iowa is probably in that class,'' Knights coach Greg Herenda said. `'They're very deep. They're very long. They're well coached. Preparing for them, we couldn't find a weakness, and then we didn't find a weakness.''

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.

They didn't need Marble to do much on a night when Olaseni continued to show why he could be one of the breakout players in the Big Ten this season.

Olaseni averaged just 1.4 and 2.7 points as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. But he's up to 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds as a junior - and his 23 blocks lead the Hawkeyes.

''You can see it coming with Gabe. I mean, every game he just seems to get better,'' McCaffery said. ''You can see how much more comfortable he is. ... I love the aggressiveness and the confidence he has in himself right now.''

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.

''You try not to look forward too much. But now that this game is over with, we're looking forward to playing Iowa State,'' Uthoff said.

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Fairleigh Dickinson (3-9)263359
Iowa #23 (10-1) «474592
FDU:M. Seilund 19 Pts
FDU:M. Seilund 5 Reb
FDU:J. Dawson 4 Ast
IOWA:G. Olaseni 14 Pts
IOWA:M. Basabe 11 Reb
IOWA:M. Gesell 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Fairleigh DickinsonIowa
FDU
Mathias Seilund
IOWA
Gabriel Olaseni
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
195114101
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
M. MacDonald, G372-50-05006
S. Sanders Jr., G335-206-602216
M. Jones, G231-80-01133
M. Owona, F121-20-04052
S. Gillette, F81-32-22014
M. Seilund, F318-110-051219
M. Nix, G211-51-42124
X. Harris, F132-41-24235
S. Kingsley, G90-40-01010
M. Mann, F80-20-03030
J. Dawson, G50-10-00400
K. Pearson, FDid Not Play
Totals 21-6510-1427112259
 32.3%71.4% 
Iowa Hawkeyes
M. Gesell, G211-54-42516
R. Marble, G203-90-03217
A. Woodbury, C194-80-13138
M. Basabe, F165-72-4110312
A. White, F163-42-22318
P. Jok, G244-72-224011
G. Olaseni, C195-114-5101114
J. Uthoff, F194-51-3100010
Z. McCabe, F162-65-612010
A. Clemmons, G102-30-02134
D. Stokes, F50-10-01000
K. Denning, G51-20-00002
K. Meyer, F50-00-00000
O. Ukah, F50-20-02000
J. Oglesby, GDid Not Play
Totals 34-7020-2749191392
 48.6%74.1% 
Northeast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Fran.-NY7-213-9184
Robert Morris7-211-10175
Bryant6-39-10203
St. Fran.-Pa.5-411-9146
Mt St Marys5-49-11167
Wagner5-47-13288
LIU-Brooklyn4-58-12291
Sacred Heart3-69-13269
F. Dickinson2-77-13283
CCSU1-83-19344

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wisconsin6-118-29
Maryland6-318-413
Ohio St.6-317-536
Michigan6-313-865
Indiana5-315-640
Michigan St.5-314-739
Purdue5-313-888
Iowa4-313-748
Nebraska4-412-898
Illinois3-513-871
Penn St.2-614-791
Minnesota2-713-999
Rutgers2-710-12113
Northwestern1-610-10142