The Nebraska Cornhuskers got the best of the Iowa Hawkeyes a month ago in Lincoln, winning a double overtime thriller. Glynn Watson had 34 points in that meeting, but yielded just 3 points today as he battled an injury. He was left out of the starting lineup by Tim Miles, so that made two hobbled superstars on Nebraska's side.
For Iowa, they were playing their first game with Peter Jok back from his back injury. It was going to be interesting to see how the team adjusted after playing the last two games without him.
Early on the offense was hit and miss. Some possessions featured great ball movement and nice flow, but there were others where the Hawkeyes were doing a lot of standing around and watching. The whole feel of the game was flat, on both sides really.
The Huskers jumped out to an early lead over the Hawkeyes, but Iowa wouldn't let that lead get too large. The teams played an even game through the first half, but the Hawkeyes got the last laugh as Peter Jok hit a short jumper to net Iowa a lead going into the break. The Huskers had guys in some serious foul trouble at the break, but were shooting 58% from the field.
The Hawkeyes were clicking from three though, making 50% of them at the intermission.
Iowa scored the first three points of the second half and their lead grew to five. It looked like they might be pulling away, but Nebraska stayed close. The Hawkeyes would build single digit leads consistently throughout the second stanza, but just couldn't put the Huskers away.
They held an 8 point lead with just over 5 minutes remaining and it looked like they were finally going to slam the door shut. However, the Huskers cut the lead back down to three with just under four minutes remaining to stay right in the thick of it.
Both Jordan Bohannon and Peter Jok hit two free throws in the next minute to extend Iowa's lead and pretty much slam the door on any comeback opportunities the Huskers had.
The Hawkeyes claimed revenge on the Huskers, winning by a final of 81-70.
Bohannon led the charge with 15 points on 4-6 from behind the arc. He also threw in 5 rebounds.
Tyler Cook, Peter Jok, and Brady Ellingson were the other Hawekeyes in double figures. That trio combined for 36 points. The Hawkeye bench also recorded 33 points.
The Hawkeyes will now hit the road and travel to Minneapolis to take on the Gophers this Wednesday. That game is set for 8 p.m. CT.