By Adam Jacobi on February 22, 2019 at 11:33 pm
Jordan Bohannon and Luka Garza do a laugh
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We're calling it now: this is The Jordan Bohannon Game.

Jordan Bohannon scored 17 points, including 14 in the last 7:17 of gameplay, as No. 21 Iowa rallied to beat Indiana Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, 76-70, in overtime. Bohannon's heroics included a game-tying three-pointer with 27 seconds left that sent the game to OT, as well as three consecutive bombs to ice the game in the closing minutes. Tyler Cook led all scorers with 18 points and 8 rebounds as Iowa moved to 21-6 (10-6) for the year.

If you missed the first 37 minutes of action, you were in luck. Iowa looked stuck in a lower gear for nearly the entire game, and that directly coincides with Bohannon's absence in the offense. The game was tied 28-28 after the half, with Iowa 0-8 from deep to that point, and Indiana led by a handful of points for the duration of the second half — its largest at 6 (62-56), after a Juwan Morgan three-pointer with just 2:27 left. Bohannon had just three points by then, a seemingly quiet evening.

On the ensuing possession, Bohannon drew a foul and calmly drained two free throws to push the margin back to a manageable 4 points. With Iowa down 3 in the final minute, Bohannon took a Connor McCaffery pass on the wing and barely got a shot over the leaping wünderguarden Romeo Langford, burying the shot to finally bring Iowa level. Langford's last second 3 failed miserably to force OT.

Little did we know JBo was only getting started.

With the score still tied at the 2:55 mark, Bohannon missed a good look from deep, only to be left all alone as Luka Garza (16 points, 9 boards) collected the offensive rebound. Bohannon calmly buried his second try, but after an and-one by De'Ron Davis, the score was tied again.

This served only to anger JBo. Roll tape.

The Hoosiers would not tie the game again, but with under a minute to go and a 2-point lead to protect, Iowa needed one more basket. IU worked feverishly to deny Bohannon, and McCaffery dribbled into trouble, forcing a timeout with just 7 seconds on the shot clock. Iowa had to inbound from the corner, a dangerous position, and everyone knew Bohannon would be the primary target. Certainly, certainly, JBo could not do it again, right?

Reader, he did it again.

That is your game, and that is a bad, bad man.

Worth noting: Iowa offered seven point guards in the class of 2016, including Big Ten friends Zavier Simpson (Michigan), Tony Carr (Penn State) and Devonte Green (Indiana). JBo was the lowest-ranked of the Iowa offers by far, and his offer came late in the class. Now he's turning in late-game heroics with a regularity unmatched in this generation of Hawkeye teams. 

Iowa did not play particularly well Friday night. Indiana controlled the tempo, was markedly more athletic, got to every loose ball or offensive rebound it needed, and kept the lead away from the Hawkeyes by any means necessary. At least until Jordan Bohannon decided this game belonged to him, and nobody was going to stop him.

That's a good thing to have, and so is a 10-6 record in the toughest, best conference in college basketball.


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