Payton Sandfort and Filip Rebraca combined to score 20 points over the final seven minutes of the game to allow Iowa to pull away from Northwestern for an 86-70 victory on Tuesday night.

The Big Ten Conference game was originally scheduled for January 18 but was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The Hawkeyes honored former player Chris Street, who died in a crash in January 1993.

The game was tied at the half, 39-39, and the teams took turns with the lead in the second half. Boo Buie opened the second half with a layup and a 3 to put the Wildcats up 44-39. Connor McCaffery hit a 3 and Tony Perkins added two free throws and a layup to push Iowa into a 51-48 advantage.

Buie’s three-point play with 7:38 left pulled Northwestern within three, 62-59, but Sandfort and Rebraca took over from there. Sandfort hit a 3 and Rebraca scored eight straight points. Sandfort hit from deep again, then added three free throws and another 3-pointer to give Iowa an 84-68 advantage with 2:35 left.

Sandfort hit a career-best 5 of 7 from distance and finished with 20 points and five assists for Iowa (14-8, 6-5). Rebraca had his eighth double-double of the season, putting up 20 points with 10 rebounds. Kris Murray added 16 points with eight rebounds, Perkins had 12 points and Connor McCaffery contributed 11 points.

Buie led Northwestern (15-6, 6-4) with 19 points. Chase Audige scored 15 points.

Iowa plays host to Illinois Saturday before traveling to face No. 1 Purdue on Feb. 9.

Northwestern returns home to host Michigan Thursday.

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Payton Sandfort walks of the court after the Hawkeyes’ 86-70 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on January 31, 2023. (Blake Hornstein, Hawkeye Headquarters)