IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa advanced to the NIT second round with an 87-75 win against South Dakota on Wednesday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes trailed early but put together a 13-2 run midway through the second half that sent them to a matchup with TCU in the second round Sunday.
Iowa’s freshman class combined to score 59 points in the victory.
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How it happened
Every time Iowa (19-14) had a chance to pull away, the Coyotes (22-12) kept it close. In the first half, Iowa led by 5 points when senior guard Peter Jok was called for a blocking foul while attempting a to take a charge. South Dakota scored 8 of the game’s next 10 points.
The Hawkeyes on each of their last seven possessions in the first half. But the Coyotes hit a pair of 3-pointers to draw within 4 points at the half.
The second half was much of the same. Jok drilled a 3-pointer to put Ijowa up 51-42, but South Dakota then went on an 8-2 run.
Then Iowa stormed to a 13-2 run, ignited by a pair of layups and 3-point basket from freshman guard Jordan Bohannon and two drives from sophomore forward Ahmad Wagner. The Hawkeyes’ 14-point lead was too much for the Coyotes to overcome.
What it means for Iowa basketball
Iowa will face TCU (20-15) in an NIT second-round game at 6:30 p.m. CT / 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. TCU beat Fresno State 66-59 on Wednesday.
Iowa’s three starting freshmen showed promise about what the next chapter of Hawkeye basketball will be like. Bohannon scored 19 points, while Tyler Cook scored 17 and Isaiah Moss added 16. Jok led all the Hawkeyes with 20 points.
South Dakota’s Matt Mooney scored 23 points to lead all scorers. Former Iowa point guard Trey Dickerson added 10 points for South Dakota.
Iowa committed 16 turnovers and was 7 of 15 from the free-throw line.
Who is next
Iowa plays Big 12 opponent TCU at 6:30 p.m. CT / 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday.
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