The Iowa Hawkeyes win on Tuesday night was a bounce back on many levels. The Hawkeye men’s team was coming off of a road loss to a Minnesota team that not only beat them in overtime, but also dismantled perennial Big Ten power Michigan St. But Tuesday night, the story was different. The #10th ranked Hawkeyes faced the #19 ranked Wildcats of Northwestern in the midst of a snow storm that had dumped 10 inches of snow on Iowa City by the end of the game. Mother nature, however, wasn’t the only thing dropping things from the sky. Iowa senior Jordan Bohannon drained six of his nine three point attempts and scored 24 points as the Hawkeyes won 87-72. In the first half it was CJ Frederick who had the hot hand for the Hawks in the first half. He scored 17 points on 5-7 shooting and 3-4 from behind the three point line. Iowa carried a 45-36 lead into halftime.
But it was Bohannon in the second half that answered the bell and sparked for 19 points, including 5-6 from behind the arc. As the snow fell outside Carver Hawkeye Arena, the threes fell inside for Bohannon. He had struggled in the last few games, with many people calling for him to see less time. But his second half performance certainly silenced those critics, while bolstering the Hawkeye cause. Bohannon finished the night with 24 points, and five rebounds. Fran McCaffrey said he talked with with the man known as JBo and said he “had a long talk with Jordan Bohannon to remind him how great he is”. Bohannon reiterated what coach said saying that “coach reminded me why he recruited me to play here.” Fellow senior Luka Garza finished the game with 18 points and six rebounds. Most nights a performance like that would be harreled as a strong effort, but on this night the story was about Garza’s 18 game 20 point scoring streak in Big Ten play coming to an end. Garza had a chance with one minute to go to reach 20, but his three ball rimmed in and out.
The Hawkeyes shot 80% from the free throw line, making 20-25. They shot just 71.1% in their loss to Minnesota, a game that had been tied at the end of the regulation. Also improved was the Iowa field goal percentage from 37.2% in the Minnesota game to 48.3% in the game against Northwestern. The Wildcats finished the night with Pete Nance leading their scoring with a 21 and four rebounds. He scored the first eight points of the game, giving Northwestern an 8-2 lead early in the game. But the Hawkeyes quickly found their answer in threes from Frederick and Bohannon and the Hawkeyes never looked back. Iowa moves to 8-2 on the season, 2-1 in Big Ten play. They head east for a two game east coast road trip against Rutgers and Maryland. The Wildcats head to Michigan with a 6-2 overall record, 3-1 in conference play.