The Iowa Basketball team was 0-4 in Big Ten road games coming into Tuesday night. They were looking to break that trend when they visited Rutgers.
Slow starts had been an issue for Iowa over the past several road games. When analyzing this game in the pre-game, you couldn't help but bring that up because it had been such a problem for Iowa.
Well, it wasn't a problem tonight for a young Iowa team playing without their senior leader, Peter Jok. Iowa raced out to a 7-0 lead, which forced Rutgers head coach, Steve Pikiell, to call a timeout to hopefully kill some of Iowa's momentum.
It didn't work.
Iowa kept scoring the ball and at the first media timeout, they already had achieved a double digit lead at 16-4. Tyler Cook had 6 early points.
The Hawkeyes continued their hot shooting through the under four media timeout, when they led 44-23. Bohannon had 11 and Isaiah Moss had totaled 10. However, the Hawkeyes wound up coming back down to earth after their hot start.
They finished the half making 1 of 8 field goal attempts, but still took an 18 point lead into the break. They shot 52% from the field and 54% from three in half number one. They got out-rebounded in the first stanza, but forced 10 turnovers and had 9 steals.
The Hawkeyes picked up right where they left off in the second half. They continued to build their lead and at the under 12 timeout they held a 22 point advantage despite being out-rebounded by 9 at that point. Rutgers was active on the glass, but they couldn't seem to find a bucket for a good stretch.
Much like their win over Ohio State, it was a complete team effort in all aspects of the game. They were unselfish, aggressive, and smart as they won their second straight game without Peter Jok.
The Hawkeyes continued to be patient and were about as close to flawless as you can really get as they coasted their way to an 83-63 victory in Piscataway.
Jordan Bohannon led the way with 17 points on 5-7 shooting. He was about as hot as I've ever seen him. Cordell Pemsl, Isaiah Moss, and Tyler Cook were the other Hawkeyes in double figures. They scored 15, 11, and 10 respectively.
The Hawkeyes shot 50% from the field and 61% from three in the win. They also had 24 assists on 30 made field goals, which is extremely impressive.
The Hawkeyes now get to wait until Sunday afternoon when they welcome in the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Iowa will most likely get Peter Jok back and will have a chance to move above .500 in the Big Ten. That game is set for 1:00 p.m. CT in Iowa City.