IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa fans haven't had much to cheer about while watching the inexperienced Hawkeyes learn on the job.

In their home finale, though, they saw the Hawkeyes hard work pay off with a decisive and well-deserved win.

Sophomore Matt Gatens scored a career-high 25 points and Iowa beat the reeling Hoosiers 73-57 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Aaron Fuller added 17 points for the Hawkeyes (10-19, 4-12 Big Ten), who never trailed in closing out their home schedule with a .500 record.

Iowa jumped out to an early 17-4 lead and was essentially in control the rest of the way. The Hoosiers (9-19, 3-13) briefly cut the deficit to five early in the second half before Iowa reasserted itself and sent them to their 10th straight loss.

"We got to most of the loose balls. We were active, we were in tune, we were helping one another," Iowa coach Todd Lickliter said.

Verdell Jones III had 22 points for Indiana, which committed 20 turnovers and was outscored in the paint 26-18.

Iowa usually lives and dies with the 3-pointer. Though the Hawkeyes shot just 3 of 17 from beyond the arc, it didn't matter against the struggling Hoosiers.

Indiana hit a couple quick baskets out of the break to pull within 32-27. They then went ice-cold, hitting just one field goal over the next seven minutes, and Jarryd Cole's rebound and layup off a missed free throw put Iowa ahead 45-30 with 12:24 left.

"We don't have a large margin for error right now, and Iowa capitalized on it," Indiana coach Tom Crean said.

Gatens iced Iowa's second win in its last nine games with a pair of 3s that put the Hawkeyes ahead 59-39 with 4:47 left. Gatens has 61 points in his last three games after scoring just three in a loss at Purdue on Feb. 13.

"I was always told to shoot to get hot, shoot to stay hot," Gatens said. "You've got to keep firing until they tell you not to."

Cully Payne had 13 points for the Hawkeyes, who have posted two of their four conference wins over the Hoosiers. Iowa pounded Indiana 58-43 on Jan. 24 for its only league road win.

Indiana got off to a yet another rough start, an all-too familiar occurrence of late.

The Hoosiers scored just four points in the opening 10:52, allowing Iowa to jump ahead 17-4 behind nine quick points from Fuller. Indiana woke up in a hurry, though, reeling off an 11-2 run that briefly kept the game from getting away from it.

Iowa slowly built its lead back up to 32-23 by the break — despite shooting just 1 of 12 from 3-point range. For Indiana, it was the first in nearly a month that it trailed by less than 10 points at halftime.

"We shot it from behind the arc very poorly in the first half but still had a lead because of effort, the defensive effort, and because we went to the glass and did the things you have to do to win games when your shots aren't falling," Lickliter said.

Christian Watford had 13 points and seven rebounds and Devan Dumes had 11 points off the bench for the Hoosiers, who had just four assists against those 20 turnovers.

The Hawkeyes and Hoosiers, both in the midst of major rebuilding projects, came in having lost 16 of their last 17 games combined. The only win over that stretch was when Iowa beat Northwestern 78-65 on Feb. 10.

Those struggles are in large part because of their youth, which was evident in their lineups. Indiana junior guard Jeremiah Rivers and Iowa junior forward Jarryd Cole were the only upperclassmen in either team's starting lineups, and the Hawkeyes had just one player, guard Devan Bawinkel, to honor on Senior Day.

Bawinkel was able to close out his two-year stint at Iowa with a big win, though, as the Hawkeyes put together one of their better performances of a tough year.

"This team is disappointed, like I am, by the record, but I'm not disappointed in them," Lickliter said.

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