Iowa City, Iowa — Jarrod Uthoff kept No. 9 Iowa from falling too far behind.
Once his teammates joined in, Purdue didn’t stand a chance.
Uthoff scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half and Iowa toppled No. 22 Purdue, 83-71 ,Sunday for its ninth straight win.
Adam Woodbury added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-3, 7-0 Big Ten), who’ve beaten four ranked teams since late December ahead of Thursday’s meeting at No. 7 Maryland.
Iowa broke open a tight game with a 23-6 run to start the second half, getting baskets from seven different players during that stretch.
But the Hawkeyes were again keyed by Uthoff, who entered Sunday as the leading scorer and shot blocker in the Big Ten.
“He’s a special player. He’s one of the best players in the country,” Iowa point guard Mike Gesell said. “He can go off at any time.”
Vince Edwards had 19 points and P.J. Thompson had 16 for Purdue (17-4, 5-3), which has split its last six games after a 14-1 start.
Iowa cemented its status as a Big Ten contender with a 70-63 win over Purdue earlier this month, outscoring the Boilermakers 50-26 in the second half in West Lafayette.
Big Ten women
Nebraska 93, (at) Michigan 81: The Cornhuskers (14-5, 5-3) hit their first eight shots and jumped out to a 21-6 lead en route to the victory.
Junior Siera Thompson led Michigan (11-8, 3-5) with 12 points and eight assists. She also became the eighth Wolverine to score 1,000 career points.
Freshman Hallie Thome scored a career-high 24 for the Wolverines.
Top 25 men
No. 2 North Carolina 75, (at) Virginia Tech 70: Brice Johnson had 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead North Carolina (18-2, 7-0 ACC).
Roy Williams earned his 350th victory with the Tar Heels and a unique place in basketball history, becoming the first NCAA coach to win at least 350 games at two Division I schools.
Williams won 418 games at Kansas before joining North Carolina in 2003.
North Carolina, which is off to its best start in the conference since the beginning of the 2000-01 season, led by as many as 20 in the first half. The tar Heels were up 57-49 with 11:01 remaining but the Hokies went on a 12-2 run and took a 61-59 lead on a basket by Kerry Blackshear Jr. with 8:05 remaining. It was their only lead of the game.
No. 16 Providence 82, (at) No. 4 Villanova (OT): Ben Bentil scored 10 of his 31 in overtime, including two free throws with 14.7 seconds left as Providence (17-3, 5-2) stopped Villanova’s 22-game Big East winning streak.
Kris Dunn added 13 points and 14 assists for Providence (17-3, 5-2).
(At) Temple 89, No. 8 SMU 80: SMU (18-1, 7-1 AAC) became the last Division I team to lose this season when Devin Coleman made all seven of his 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 for Temple.
Coach Larry Brown and the Mustangs (18-1, 7-1 American Athletic Conference) were off to the best start in team history.
(At) No. 13 Virginia 73, Syracuse 65: Malcom Brogdon scored 12 of his 21 in the final 5:45 and Virginia held off a 3-point barrage by Syracuse.
(At) Oregon State 85, No. 21 Southern California 70: Gary Payton II had 22 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals to lead Oregon State (12-6, 3-4 Pac-12).
Tres Tinkle added 18 points and Drew Eubanks had 12 points and three blocks as the Beavers (12-6, 3-4 Pac-12) broke a three-game losing streak.