February 23, 1999
By GREG SMITH
Associated Press Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Jess Settles scored 16 points as No. 18 Iowa beat
Northwestern 65-48 Tuesday night to give coach Tom Davis a victory in his last
game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Settles, a sixth-year senior also playing for the last time at home, also
grabbed seven rebounds for the Hawkeyes (18-7, 9-6 Big Ten), who beat
Northwestern for the eighth straight time, 15 of the last 16 games and 24 of
the last 26.
J.R. Koch and Joey Range each finished with 11 points and Dean Oliver had a
career-high 12 rebounds for Iowa.
David Newman scored 11 points and Tavaras Hardy had 10 for the Wildcats
(14-11, 6-9), who haven't won in Iowa City since 1994.
Davis is in his 13th year at Iowa but isn't returning because his contract
is not being extended past this season.
The program's winningest coach, Davis has a 267-137 record at Iowa going
into the regular-season finale Saturday at Indiana. He has a 541-287 overall
record in 28 years of coaching.
The Hawkeyes jumped on Northwestern early, bolting to a 17-0 lead and not
allowing a point until Hardy hit a 15-foot jumper at the 12:08 mark of the
Northwestern, which attempted just seven shots in the first eight minutes
while committing eight turnovers, settled down to chop Iowa's lead to 29-17 at
Two free throws by Koch capped a 14-7 Iowa spurt to start the second half
and give the Hawkeyes a 43-24 lead with 13:14 remaining.
The Wildcats, who have lost five straight, were hampered in the opening
minutes of the second half when center Evan Eschmeyer picked up his third and
fourth fouls and was taken out with 17:22 to play.
It was the second straight sub-par game for Eschmeyer, who is averaging 20
points and 11 rebounds per game.
Eschmeyer scored a season-low eight points and pulled down three rebounds
while attempting only four shots against the Hawkeyes. Eschmeyer was held to 10
points last Saturday in a 59-49 loss at Ohio State.