#23 Iowa 110, Savannah State 64: Merry Threesmas

By RossWB on December 22, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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Bad news first: Iowa didn't set a program record for points in a game today. That record remains 126 against Morgan State in 1994. Good news: that was the only bad news. Iowa romped to an easy 110-64 win over Savannah State on Saturday to improve to 10-2 overall. This year they got their 10th win of the season on December 22nd; last year they didn't get their 10th win of the season until January 11th. 

Iowa scored every which way they wanted in this game. They had 34 points in the paint on 20/28 shooting (71%) from 2-point range. But they really lit the Tigers up from distance, where they made a program-record 19 threes. Their previous record 3-point performance (18 makes)? That also came against Savannah State.

Sensing a theme here, folks.

The Hawkeyes were led from long range by a slump-busting 18-point performance from Jordan Bohannon (6/14 from deep). Joe Wieskamp was also sharp from outside, going 5/7 on his way to a game-high (and career-high) 24 points. Isaiah Moss went 2/5 from deep and Maishe Dailey went 1/5. The walk-ons kept the 3s flowing, though: Austin Ash went 3/8 (!) from long range, Nicolas Hobbs went 1/2, and Michael Baer (Nicholas' younger brother) went 1/1 on an attempt late in the game. You can check out all of Iowa's long-range proficiency right here: 

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As noted, Wieskamp had 24 points to lead the way, but Iowa had five players in double figures. Bohannon had 18, Tyler Cook had 16 on 6/8 shooting (to go with 5 rebounds and 4 assists), while Isaiah Moss had 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Riley Till (!) was the final double figure scorer for Iowa, with 10 points on 4/5 shooting. Yes, this was the kind of game where Riley Till had 10 points. Nothing wrong with having a few games like that, honestly. The walk-ons got added run in this game because of the blowout nature and also because Iowa was without the services of Luka Garza (nursing an ankle injury) and Connor McCaffery (in concussion protocol). Neither Garza nor McCaffery were needed in this one and, honestly, they probably won't be needed in Iowa's final non-conference game this year, against Bryant on 12/29. Rest up for league play, gentlemen. 

Iowa's win was never in doubt in this game. They never trailed and they led 19-7 at the first TV timeout. That lead hit 58-28 at halftime -- and that was even after Iowa ended the first half on a 4-minute scoring drought. If not for that drought, Iowa might have threatened that single game scoring record. Alas, we'll just have to be satisfied with a no-fuss 46-point victory. Blowouts for Christmas are just fine. 

NEXT: Iowa returns to action at home against Bryant next Saturday evening (12/29, 7 PM CT, ESPNU). 

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