BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Junior Jordan Bohannon scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the final 90 seconds, leading the 20th-ranked University of Iowa men’s basketball team to a 77-72 road victory over Indiana on Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
The Hawkeyes led 58-48 with 11:14 to play before the Hoosiers made their surge. Indiana closed to within 63-59 with 6:15 left and had it within three (64-61) with 3:47 remaining.
With Iowa enduring a three-plus minute drought and misfiring on seven straight field goal attempts, junior Tyler Cook stepped up with one of the biggest shots of the game with 2:23 left. With the shot clock winding down, Cook hit a turnaround jumper over an Indiana defender to give the Hawkeyes a 66-61 lead with 2:23 left.
Indiana closed to within three a second time on a second-chance dunk from Juwan Morgan before Bohannon went to work. The junior drilled a 3-pointer with 1:31 left to give Iowa a six-point lead, and following another Morgan dunk, Bohannon did it again, hitting a deep dagger 3-pointer, to put Iowa up seven.
Bohannon then found a way to get the ball (to get fouled) and he made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to send the Hawkeyes to their 18th victory of the season.
“That was a really big win for us,” said Bohannon. “That’s a tough team, especially playing at their place.”
Bohannon made 7-of-13 field goals and five 3-pointers en route to his highest scoring output in a month. He also had six assists without a turnover in 36 minutes.
“I was being more of a facilitator in the first half and I tried to get the ball toward the end of the game and I tried to make some plays,” said Bohannon. “Luckily I was able to do that.”
Cook scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while freshman Joe Wieskamp scored 13 points — 12 coming in the first half.
The Hawkeyes shot 45 percent (27-of-60) for the game and made 10 3-pointers. Indiana had a higher overall field goal percentage, hitting 49.1 percent of its attempts, but the Hoosiers committed 12 turnovers against Iowa’s zone defense and the Hawkeyes turned those into 19 points.
Iowa stormed out to a 9-2 lead in the first two minutes before Indiana fought back to take a 15-11 lead. Trailing 18-16, the Hawkeyes used a 10-0 run to take a 26-18 lead — one Iowa wouldn’t relinquish. The Hawkeyes led for nearly 37 minutes in the contest.
Freshman Romeo Langford led the Hoosiers with 22 points, while Morgan finished with 17 points in 22 minutes.
QUOTING HEAD COACH FRAN MCCAFFERY
“Any win in this league this year is huge, any win on the road in this league, historically, is hard to come by, especially here. They’re coming off a big road win, and we’re coming off a big win. We’re thrilled with how we played and how we played together. It just makes the next one bigger.”
HAWKS STEP UP
Senior Nicholas Baer only scored five points and grabbed six rebounds, but he played 25 key minutes in Bloomington. Baer was on the floor with sophomore Luka Garza in foul trouble; he played 13 minutes and scored just four points.
“That’s what it takes for good teams down the stretch, you have to have those guys that can step up and make some plays, whether that is on the stat sheet or not,” said Bohannon. “We have guys that know their role and they know when they come in what they’re supposed to do.”
- Cook and Bohannon each reached 20 points for the 15th time in their careers.
- Cook scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half. The junior moved into a tie with Val Barnes for 26th on Iowa’s all-time scoring list.
- Bohannon’s 25 points moved him past Reggie Evans, Carl Cain, and Glen Worley for 42nd on Iowa’s career scoring chart.
- Tonight’s win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Hoosiers.
- Iowa has won three of its last four road games in the Big Ten.
- Fran McCaffery moved into second place on Iowa’s all-time wins list with tonight’s win surpassing Lute Olson (169).
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa returns to action on Sunday, hosting Northwestern at 5:31 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — May this serve as a lesson to any analyst or critic in TV land who questions the aptitude of University of Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson:
Don’t poke the bear.
Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder alluded to postgame comments on ESPN2 after Michigan State rallied to defeat the Hawkeyes, 84-70, on Dec. 30 behind 20 points and 17 rebounds from Spartan center Jenna Allen.
“There was a little talk after that game that they had the better post player,” Bluder said. “That didn’t sit well with us too much. Tonight, I think you saw the best post player in the Big Ten and one of the best in the United States of America.”
How could Gustafson top the 30 points and 14 rebounds she compiled in East Lansing, Michigan, in the Big Ten opener? How does 41 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocked shots sound?
It sparked No. 16 Iowa to an 86-71 victory over No. 23/21 Michigan State on Wednesday in front of 6,287 on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes improved to 17-5 overall, 8-3 in the Big Ten, Michigan State is 16-6, 6-5.
“I try to focus on my team and what my team needs me to do,” Gustafson said. “I would love to get that loss back (at Michigan State), but we were able to get it back tonight. I have to keep focusing on our team no matter what.”
Gustafson was 17 of 24 from the field and 7 of 7 from the line. It was her 21st double-double, the eighth time she has scored more than 30 points, and the second time she scored more than 40 this season.
“Another amazing performance,” Bluder said.
Junior guard Kathleen Doyle wasn’t too shabby, either. She was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with 18 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds.
“Kathleen played really well as well,” Bluder said. “(She was) closing in on that feel of a triple double, hits four 3s for us, has eight assists.”
Iowa shot 51 percent from the field (32 of 63) — the seventh consecutive game the Hawkeyes have been above .500 from the field. They were 16 of 21 from the line.
Michigan State was led by Nia Clouden’s 20 points and five assists.
QUOTING COACH BLUDER
“I was proud of our women and their effort. Their focus was amazing leading up to this game in practices and tonight. They were locked in and it was fun to see. When you (play) a top 25 team and you lead the whole game, that is pretty impressive to win every quarter.”
STATISTIC OF THE GAME
Iowa was out-rebounded by 14 (48-34) in the first meeting at Michigan State. On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes were plus-7 on the boards (44-37) and had 14 second-chance points compared to just four by the Spartans.
“I’m happy with our team, especially on the rebounding end,” Bluder said. “(Michigan State) is such a good rebounding team and for us to get 14 second-chance points to their four second-chance points, that’s big.”
Junior guard Makenzie Meyer did not play and watched the game in street clothes from the bench. She hyper-extended a knee during Iowa’s 81-61 win at Penn State on Feb. 3 and her status is day-to-day.
Freshman guard Tomi Taiwo played a season-high 18 minutes, scoring three points with two rebounds and two assists. In seven previous Big Ten games, she played a total of 22 minutes.
“I was happy for Tomi,” Bluder said. “To come in and play significant minutes, I thought she played well.”
4s ARE WILD
Junior forward Amanda Ollinger scored four points with four rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes.
“Amanda did a nice job,” Bluder said. “She was jumping between the small forward and the power forward which is not easy to do in our system. She handled that very well.”
The Hawkeyes hit the road Sunday when they take on Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes (10-10, 6-5) are coming off a 78-73 win over Penn State on Feb. 6.