Freshman forward Aaron White scored a career-high 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting and sophomore forward Zach McCabe tied a career high by adding 20 on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting night. Thanks in large part to White and McCabe, the Hawkeyes shot a remarkable 57-percent from the field in the game. Dayton only shot 39-percent.
The game was 53-51 in Iowa's favor midway through the second half when the Hawkeyes went on an 18-5 run to extend their lead to 15 with about eight minutes remaining. The Flyers hit a couple three pointers at the end of the game to put the final within ten, but their deficit was 15 for most of those final minutes.
The No. 7 seeded Hawkeyes (18-16) advance to play at either LSU or Oregon in the second round.