#20 Iowa 77, Indiana 72: Fire Up The Bocannon

By RossWB on February 7, 2019 at 11:54 pm
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Jordan Bohannon can sometimes feel like one of the most polarizing players on the Iowa team, mainly because there's a lot of focus on what he can't do, or at least what he doesn't do as well, like his defense or his ability to finish around the rim. Tonight was a nice reminder of all the things Bohannon does well and how good he can be. Bohannon led Iowa with 25 points (tying a season-high) on 7/13 shooting, including 5/8 shooting from 3-point range. Bohannon's bread and butter is his lethal three-point shooting, but he's also a killer at the free throw line, which he showed tonight by making 6/7 from the stripe, including five of six in the game's final minutes. In fact, Bohannon scored Iowa's final 11 points and came through in the clutch time and again in a game that got uncomfortably close at the end. Oh, and he had six assists and zero turnovers too, ably keeping Iowa's offense humming even when he wasn't draining shots or free throws. Tonight was Bohannon at his best and it was damn fun to watch: 

That second three? Ri-damn-diculous. 

Bohannon was the star, but this was a pretty strong performance from Iowa from start to finish. Iowa led for nearly the entire game, opening the game on a 9-2 run. Indiana responded with a 13-2 run that give them a 15-11 lead. Their lead was short-lived, though, and once Iowa re-took the lead at 16-15 on a Wieskamp three-pointer, they never looked back -- and never trailed again. That was part of a 20-4 run by Iowa, keyed by some hot shooting (Wieskamp made three threes in that stretch) and a zone defensive look that flummoxed Indiana. That run gave them a 31-20, one of their biggest leads of the game. Iowa and Indiana traded punches the rest of the way in a very high-scoring first half; Iowa led 46-36 at the break. 

The second half wasn't quite as high-flying, alas. Iowa cooled off from the field (making 40% after making 48.6% in the first half, and just making 3/9 from 3-point range after draining 7/16 in the first half) and Indiana kept hanging around. Iowa kept them at arm's length for most of the half, though -- Indiana never got closer than three and only had one possession where they had the ball and a chance to tie the game. And, as noted, Bohannon came up huge in the game's final 90 seconds, making two threes and five of six three throws to ice a big road victory. 

While Bohannon is the headliner, Tyler Cook also had a tremendous game, scoring 21 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals -- as well as just two turnovers, which is also pretty notable. Cook was a key part of Iowa's fast start in the first half, scoring 13 points and grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists while playing 19 minutes. Iowa needed a big game from Cook with Luka Garza (four points, five rebounds, and five fouls in just 13 minutes played) and Ryan Kriener (two points, a rebound, two assists, and a steal in 13 minutes) both plagued by fouls, and he delivered. Joe Wieskamp was also excellent in the first half, scoring 12 points on 4/4 three-point shooting. He cooled down considerably in the second half, scoring just one point on 0/3 shooting, but his three-point flurry in the first half helped Iowa build its big lead. 

Iowa also got a few good performances off the bench, led by Nicholas Baer. Baer's shot wasn't falling -- he had just six points on 2/7 shooting (1/6 from 3-point range), but he also had six rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block in his 25 minutes of action. Maishe Dailey got 13 minutes of run tonight with Isaiah Moss having a nightmare of a game (0 points on 0/4 shooting, plus two turnovers and two fouls in 14 minutes) and he provided four points, three rebounds, and some solid defense. 

The victory also gave Fran his 169th career win at Iowa, breaking a tie with Lute Olson and moving him into solo 2nd place all-time in wins at Iowa (Tom Davis is first all-time with 270 wins). So yeah, win like that and you can most definitely celebrate, Hawkeyes. Bust a move, JBo: 

JBo spoke to Andy Katz after the game, which you can watch here. Check out highlights from Iowa's win below: 

NEXT: Iowa hosts Northwestern (12-10 overall, 3-8 Big Ten) on Sunday (5:30 PM CT, BTN). 

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