IOWA CITY, Iowa — The game was never in doubt for Iowa on Thursday night, but what looked like potentially a far more significant loss had the Carver-Hawkeye Arena faithful holding their breaths.
In the end, however, all was well in Iowa City, as Iowa beat Delaware State 89-57 guard Peter Jok returned from an apparent hip injury to finish with a team-high 17 points in just 15 minutes.
The Hawkeyes star Jok went down with 6 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half, limping to the locker room after being tended to on the floor. He returned in time to start the second half, however, and immediately made his impact felt.
I believe that Jok is ok. 🙂
— Tom Kakert (@HawkeyeReport) December 23, 2016
It appears that Iowa (8-5) avoided a significant injury to its best player in a game that was all but over early in the first half.
WHY: The Hawkeyes hit shots, making 5 of their first 7 attempts. The Hornets (3-11) didn’t hit shots, missing 8 of their first 10 attempts. Iowa shot 56.9 percent, Delaware State shot 24.2 percent. Iowa used a 21-2 run to pull away in the first half and never look back.
Delaware State is 0 of its last 17.
— John Bohnenkamp (@johnbohnenkamp) December 23, 2016
WHAT IT MEANS FOR IOWA: The Hawkeyes head into their holiday break riding a 5-game winning streak, but more importantly they will enter Big 12 play healthy. Jok should be able to go and forward Tyler Cook (out since late November with a fractured finger) is expected back for league play.
WHO STARRED: Ahmad Wagner threw down a few dunks while scoring 12 points, though his best dunk didn’t count.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) December 23, 2016
The Hawkeyes spread out the scoring as they showed the depth coach Fran McCaffery talks so often about. Isaiah Moss finished with 10 points. Cordell Pemsl had 8 points. Maishe Dailey came off the bench to score 8 points.
WHO STUMBLED: Nearly everyone when it came to turnovers. The Hawkeyes committed 17 — and against a team of Delaware State’s caliber it’s just too many. They have turned the ball over at least 13 times in 9 of their last 11 games.
WHO WAS THERE: Former Iowa player Jess Settles called the game on the Big Ten Network. It was the second straight Iowa game Settles called for the cable channel.
WHO IS NEXT: Iowa opens Big Ten play at No. 15 Purdue (11-2) at 8:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Iowa beats Delaware State 89-57. pic.twitter.com/xcROejVDuq
— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) December 23, 2016