IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Aaron Fuller scored a career-high 24 points and Iowa sunck past Tennessee State 67-62 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
But what was supposed to be a confidence builder for the struggling Hawkeyes (6-11) turned out to be a nail-biter.
The Tigers (4-14) tied the game at 60-all on Robert Covington's putback with 2:22 left. But Iowa's Cully Payne hit a 3 as the shot clock expired and added two free throws to give Iowa a 65-60 lead with 1:17 left.
Iowa's Matt Gatens scored 12 points, including a pair of free throws with 24.6 seconds left to ice the win.
Josh Sain had 19 points for Tennessee State, which lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
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