Iowa basketball rolls past Rutgers in Payton Sandfort’s career game

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Shortly after Iowa’s comeback win over Indiana last Thursday, coach Fran McCaffery explained that one of the key takeaways was that his team was in a slugfest but this time emerged victorious.

The Hawkeyes had been their own worst enemy lately, digging big early holes and having to climb out of them, but the win in Indiana felt like a potential game changer. But there was only one way to prove it, and with another strong performance, this time on the Rutgers road on Sunday afternoon.

A supposed break in style paved the way for a quick game that appealed to the Hawkeyes. Still, the Scarlet Knights were more than up to the challenge of keeping up the pace, and the two Big Ten teams traded body punches for several hours at Jersey Mikes Arena.