Northwestern 73, Iowa 70

Michael Thompson scored 16 points and had nine assists to lead

Northwestern to a 73-70 win over Iowa on Thursday night.

After freshman Melsahn Basabe had a putback to get Iowa within

69-66, Luka Mirkovic answered for Northwestern (15-10, 5-9 Big Ten)

with a 3-pointer to give them a 72-66 lead with 1:46 left.

But the Wildcats had to hold on in the final minute. Bryce

Cartwright hit a jumper and Jarryd Cole had a tip-in to get the

Hawkeyes within 72-70 with 5.2 seconds left. Iowa quickly fouled

Thompson, who missed the first of two free throws and made the

second. Iowa’s Zach McCabe threw a full-court pass to Cole, who

turned the ball over when he tried to kick it out for a 3.

Cole scored 17 points and Basabe added 13 for Iowa (10-16,