Eric May quietly played one of his better games in an Iowa basketball uniform today. The Hawkeye senior came off the bench and scored just two points, but don't underestimate the importance of his contributions in the Hawkeyes' 80-73 victory over Northern Iowa. As Anthony Clemmons dealt with foul issues, May provided a calming influence on an Iowa offense which coughed up the ball 13 times during the first half, struggling with the quickness and aggression of the UNI backcourt. May played 17 minutes after the break and helped the Hawkeyes deal with the Panthers on both ends of the floor. "They have good perimeter scorers and (Devyn) Marble, May and (Mike) Gesell, did a terrific job on defense,'' Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "Eric has been through it with those guys before. He knows how to play against those guys, how they drive the ball, how they jump stop, and he stepped in and made plays.'' That was important for Iowa, particularly early in the second half as the Hawkeyes kept the Panthers at arms' reach, never letting UNI get any closer than a two-possession game. "That was a good team that we beat out there,'' May said. "... We have a lot of guys who can help and we pick each other up. That was huge.'' So was the contribution provided by the only scholarship senior on the Hawkeye roster. "We need him to be able to step in and do that,'' Marble said. "We need everybody.'' In addition to the defense he provided, May also dished out a career-high seven assists and did not record a turnover.