By JAMES ALLAN
IOWA CITY, Iowa — It was a merry, school-record filled Saturday afternoon inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the 21st-ranked University of Iowa men’s basketball team
The Hawkeyes made a school-record 19 3-point field goals in a 110-64 victory over Savannah State on Mediacom Court. Seven players hit at least one 3-pointer and all 11 Hawkeyes scored as Iowa improved to 10-2 this season.
Freshman Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 24 points, making 8-of-10 field goals, including five 3s in 19 minutes. Junior Jordan Bohannon hit six 3s en route to a season-high 18 points.
Junior Tyler Cook scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes, junior Isaiah Moss scored 15 points, and sophomore Riley Till had a career-high 10 points.
Iowa poured it on the Tigers from the opening tip, scoring the game’s first five points and built a 19-5 lead in the first four minutes. The Hawkeyes made nine 3-pointers in the first half and shot 54.1 percent to take a 58-28 lead into the break.
The Hawkeyes built their advantage to as many as 51 points (95-44) in the second half with the Iowa starters on the bench.
“It was nice to see the young guys come in at the end of the game,” said Bohannon. “The walk-ons got a lot of reps. It was good for them to come in the game and get their feet under them. They did a good job when they got in there.”
Iowa finished with season-highs in scoring (110), 3-point makes (19) and attempts (42) and assists (30). The Hawkeyes shot 55.7 percent from the floor and 45.2 percent from long range.
“We did a good job of controlling the pace and getting guys open,” said Bohannon. “We did a good job of scoring in the paint and kicking out.”
DOWN GOES THE RECORD
Sophomore walk-on Austin Ash’s 3-pointer with 2:56 remaining tied the school record. Another walk-on, sophomore Michael Baer, made Iowa’s 19th 3-pointer with 29 seconds to play to break the previous mark and send the Iowa bench into a frenzy.
“We have tremendous respect as a program for (the walk-ons) and the job they do in preparing us for the scout team,” said McCaffery. “They take great pride in it and they’re great people. It’s a great feeling as a coach to see (the bench) react the way they did.”
QUOTING HEAD COACH FRAN MCCAFFERY
“You have a team that you feel like you can beat, that plays a unique style, you have to defend them the right way. We never let them get going. We closed out in their space, we slid our feet so they didn’t have a lot of drive and kick 3s.”
- Iowa’s 110 points are the most scored in a single game since putting up 116 points against Savannah State in 2016.
- The Hawkeyes committed just six turnovers in the game.
- Joe Wieskamp (24 points), Riley Till (10), Austin Ash (9), and Nicolas Hobbs (5) all had career-highs, while sophomore Michael Baer tied a career-high with three points.
- Sophomore Luka Garza (ankle) and redshirt freshman Connor McCaffery didn’t play because of injury. Senior Nicholas Baer made his first start of the season in Garza’s place — the 28th of his career.
- Iowa is 10-0 in nonconference play this season.
ON THE HORIZON
Iowa returns to action Dec. 29, hosting Bryant at 7 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court.