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Iowa Basketball: Hawkeyes get Revenge in Rematch with Purdue

Iowa used a second half comeback to get revenge on the 17th ranked Purdue Boilermakers.

We all know what went down on December 28th in West Lafayette, IN. It was the Big Ten opener for both Purdue and Iowa and the talented Boilermakers really took it to the Hawkeyes. 

It was a different story tonight inside Carver Hawkeye Arena. 

The Hawkeyes struck first on a Tyler Cook layup, but Purdue's Vincent Edwards quickly answered with a three pointer to put the Boilers on top. Purdue hit 10 three's in the first half of the first game on the 28th, so seeing that shot fall for Edwards probably wasn't an encouraging sign for the Hawkeye faithful. The teams jostled for position throughout the first half trading the lead back and forth. 

The Hawkeyes were hanging around with Purdue late in the first half. Peter Jok had just cut the lead back down to three with a jumper at the 2:42 mark. Purdue missed a three pointer on their following possession, but 7'2" big man Isaac Haas grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked it out to a wide open Ryan Cline, who buried a three to give the Boilers a 6 point lead. Iowa's Tyler Cook then missed a jumper at the other end on the following possession, which would give the ball back to the Boilers.

Vincent Edwards then promptly buried a three of his own to give Purdue a 9 point lead with a minute and a half left. The Hawkeyes missed a couple shots and turned it over in the final 90 seconds and we were headed to the break with Purdue leading by 9.

Iowa hadn't scored since the Jok jumper at the 2:42 mark. 

For Iowa, the second half couldn't have started any better than it did. They got a Nicholas Baer jumper and a Peter Jok three pointer to cut the Boiler lead to 4, which forced Matt Painter to take a timeout.

The Purdue lead continued to shrink and with 14:36 left in the game, Jordan Bohannon hit a three pointer to give the Hawkeyes a two point lead. Immediately after that, Purdue's Ryan Cline hit a three and he and Bohannon were stuck in their very own 3 point contest. Both players hit 3's on back to back possessions for their respective teams. After Purdue had stretched their lead to 5, an unlikely face came in to save the day. True freshman, Ryan Kriener, had six points in a minute and a half and had the Hawkeyes tied at 66 with the Boilers with just under 10 minutes to play. 

Purdue went on a small 5-0 run over the next 55 seconds, but the Hawkeyes once again fired back. Iowa responded with a 9-0 run over the next couple of minutes and stretched a lead out to 4 points with 5 minutes left to play. 

The conference foes battled back and forth and with 2:19 to play we were all knotted at 78 with Purdue's Ryan Cline at the free throw line. Cline missed both free throws to give the ball back to the Hawkeyes. After a turnover, a timeout, and some missed shots, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan fouled Tyler Cook with 1:36 left. After missing the first free throw, Cook knocked down the second to give Iowa a 79-78 lead. 

After Iowa snagged the lead the Boilers missed their final four shots from the field, while Bohannon and Baer went a combined 4-4 at the line in the final 11 seconds to give Iowa the win by a final of 83-78.

Peter Jok had 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists to pace the Hawkeyes. Bohannon tallied 12 points, 9 assists, and just one turnover for the game as well. The 9 assists are a career high for Bohannon. Tyler Cook was the other Hawkeye in double figures with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Cook shot 7-10 from the floor. 

The Hawkeyes will now regroup and head to Evanston, Illinois to take on Northwestern this Sunday. That game tips off at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be aired on BTN. 

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