IOWA CITY, Iowa — It wasn’t pretty, but Iowa beat Rutgers with a late second-half rally Sunday, overcoming a 9-point hole with 10 minutes to play for a 68-62 victory. The Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-2 Big Ten) improved to .500 in league play and picked up a win they had to have.
The Scarlet Knights (11-6, 0-4) are yet to win a league road game since joining the conference in 2014, going 0-21. Rutgers only has 3 all-time conference wins.
WHY: The Hawkeyes went on a 17-4 run late in the second half to regain control of a game that was slowly slipping away. After Rutgers scored early in the second half to take a 38-37 lead, the Hawkeyes wouldn’t lead until 3:58 remained in the contest following a layup by point guard Jordan Bohannon.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR IOWA: The Hawkeyes avoided being the answer to a trivia question — which was the first Big Ten team to lose a home game to Rutgers? The Hawkeyes made just enough plays down the stretch to beat a team that’s considered in the bottom third of the conference. The Hawkeyes can’t expect to struggle for a large portion of a contest and still win in too many more conference games.
WHO STARRED: Guard Peter Jok led the Hawkeyes with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Dom Uhl added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks off the bench while forward Cordell Pemsl was solid offensively with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting in a team-high 31 minutes.
Pemsl swats away the defender's hand, then scores. Veteran move.
— John Bohnenkamp (@johnbohnenkamp) January 8, 2017
WHO STUMBLED: Forward Tyler Cook didn’t have his best offensive day, scoring 4 points on 1-of-6 shooting, and his defensive struggles were part of the reason why Rutgers found so much success around the rim and on the offensive glass. The Scarlet Knights scored 40 points in the paint. Also, the Hawkeyes committed 18 turnovers.
WHO WAS THERE: The Hawkeyes held an alumni weekend for men’s basketball and several former players, including Mike “Tree” Henry and Adam Haluska, were there.
WHO IS NEXT: Iowa hosts No. 20 Purdue (13-3, 3-1) at 9:06 p.m. ET Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa beats Rutgers 68-62 pic.twitter.com/sQzmWieEIK
— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) January 8, 2017