Hawkeyes get even with Gophers
IOWA CITY — Jordan Bohannon knew what was his favorite number was on his final box score.
The Iowa senior guard had 19 points and a career-high 14 assists, Luka Garza had 33 points and the No. 5 Hawkeyes beat No. 16 Minnesota 86-71 on Sunday.
Bohannon also had seven rebounds and zero turnovers in almost 36 minutes.
“You know me, it’s the zero turnovers,” Bohannon said when asked what was his best statistic of the day. “That’s something I always pride myself in, to not turn the ball over. Be steady with the ball and find guys.”
It was Bohannon’s overall line that impressed Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.
“He has always really been tremendous in our fast break and in our ability to push it,” McCaffery said. “From the opening tip today, he was pushing the ball and finding people. I thought his decisions — when to shoot, when to drive, when to move it, when to get it in the post — were tremendous. Practically perfect.”
Joe Wieskamp added 20 points for the Hawkeyes (11-2, 5-1 Big Ten), who avenged a 102-95 overtime loss to the Gophers on Christmas Day.
“If it wasn’t for Luka making his layups, I wouldn’t have 14 assists,” Bohannon said. “I think that more than 95 percent of my passes were assists to him.”
Iowa had 27 assists on 31 field goals.
“Our guards are really unselfish,” Garza said. “When we get out on transition, that’s when we’re at our best. J-Bo was finding me tonight.”
Bohannon missed most of last season because of surgeries on both of his hips. He has scored 74 points in his last four games after totaling 27 in the previous five.
“I’ve been through hell for the last year and a half, two years,” Bohannon said. “It was a lot for me, mentally and physically. It took a lot of internal motivation for myself to get back to the player I know I can be.”
The Hawkeyes led 39-37 at halftime and opened the second half with a 22-6 run. Garza had 10 points in that stretch.
Garza, who came into the game leading the nation in scoring at 27.2 points per game, was 13 of 20 from the field.
Minnesota (10-4, 3-4) rallied from a 63-45 deficit to get within five twice late in the second half. It started to look like the Gophers’ earlier win against the Hawkeyes, when they rallied from seven points down with 44 seconds left in the second half to send it to overtime.
Minnesota made just 10 3-pointers against the Hawkeyes after having 17 in the first matchup.
“Our loss up there on Christmas night was in the back of our minds,” Wieskamp said. “This one was kind of personal for us. They shot it well at their place, but they were getting open looks. So that was a key emphasis in this game, to get up in their space.”
Both Gach and Marcus Carr each had 13 points for the Gophers. Brandon Johnson had 12. Liam Robbins added 10. Carr had 30 points and Johnson had 26 against the Hawkeyes earlier this season.
Wieskamp, a junior, became the 50th player in Iowa’s history to score 1,000 career points. The 1,000th point came on a free throw with 17:48 left in the second half.
UNI 78, Bradley 72
CEDAR FALLS — Austin Phyfe had 18 points and nine rebounds as Northern Iowa topped Bradley 78-72 on Sunday.
Trae Berhow had 15 points for Northern Iowa (3-7, 2-3 Missouri Valley Conference). Noah Carter added 14 points. Nate Heise had 11 points.
Terry Nolan Jr. had 17 points for the Braves (6-4, 0-1).
Iowa St. 99, Texas Tech 72
LUBBOCK, Texas –The Iowa State women made a school-record 19 3-pointers in a 99-72 rout of Texas Tech on Sunday.
Nine different Cyclones made at least one 3-pointer, led by Lexi Donarski’s 7-for-9 performance from beyond the arc. Donarski finished with a game-high 25 points.
Emily Ryan added 14 points, Kylie Feuerbach had 12, Ashley Joens added 11 and Madison Wise had 10.
Vivian Gray and Lexi Gordon led Texas Tech with 23 points apiece.
No. 18 Texas Tech 91, Iowa St. 64
AMES — Kyler Edwards scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half as No. 18 Texas Tech built a huge lead and breezed past Iowa State 91-64 Saturday.
The Red Raiders (10-3, 3-2 Big 12) used a pair of 12-0 runs to make it 54-28 with just over a minute left before the break.
Mac McClung added 18 points for the Red Raiders.
Solomon Young and Rasir Bolton led the Cyclones (2-7, 0-5) with 15 points each.
Last season, Texas Tech handed Iowa State a 30-point home loss, the Cyclones’ most lopsided defeat at Hilton Coliseum.
No. 22 Northwestern 77, Iowa 67
EVANSTON, Ill. — Jordan Hamilton scored 19 points, Veronica Burton had 18 points and seven assists, and No. 22 Northwestern beat Iowa 77-67 on Saturday night.
Sydney Wood added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats (6-2, 4-2 Big Ten).
The Hawkeyes (8-1, 4-1) closed within 66-60 with 7:01 left in the game. From there, Wood scored seven of Northwestern’s final 11 points to help the Wildcats close it out.
Monika Czinano scored a career-high 28 points to go with a season-high 12 rebounds for Iowa. Megan Meyer added 11 points and McKenna Warnock grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds.