IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Jordan Bohannon made his way into the record books Thursday night as an offensive explosion launched the University of Iowa men’s basketball team to a dominant 108-82 win over Alabama State on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Bohannon drained his 375th career 3-pointer in the third minute of action to put Iowa up 10-3 over the Hornets. With the trey, Bohannon passed Ohio State’s John Diebler (2008-11) as the Big Ten Conference’s all-time 3-point scoring leader. Bohannon drained four triples on the night to bring his career total to 378.
“It was pretty special to be named with some of these guys that I’ve passed throughout the years, whether it was at Iowa or in the Big Ten,” said Bohannon after the game. “Having my family there and all the teammates I’ve played with throughout the years makes me truly blessed to be in this position.”
The Hawkeye offense would not be denied in the first half, putting up 63 points to equal the second-highest point total in a half by an Iowa team under head coach Fran McCaffery. Sophomore Keegan Murray (22), freshman Peyton Sandfort (14) and junior Joe Toussaint (11) each headed into the locker room with double figures in scoring.
The Hawkeyes didn’t let up in the second half, cruising to a 108-82 win. Iowa’s 20 three-pointers broke a school record for 3s in a single game.
Keegan Murray was the game’s leading scorer, posting 26 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 15 minutes of play. Twin brother Kris Murray approached double-double territory, himself, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds over 17 minutes of action.
Sandfort put up a career-high 21 points, including a team-high five 3s.
Bohannon netted 12 points, while Toussaint earned a double-double off 11 points and 11 assists. Toussaint was also 2-for-2 from 3-point land.
QUOTING COACH MCCAFFERY
“We knew [Bohannon breaking the Big Ten all-time 3-point record] was inevitable, so I am just happy that he got it. If you think about it, it’s really amazing, because there are a lot of really good players in this league, especially a lot of good 3-point shooters. You have to work really hard to accomplish something like that. I am not talking about during the offseason, I am talking about since you are a little kid. Dreaming one day that you are going to play at this level and preform consistently the way he has is truly impressive, and I am really happy for him and proud that I got to coach him.”
- Iowa posted school single-game records in 3-pointers made (20) and attempted (44). The previous school single-game 3-point records were 19-of-43 against Savannah State on Dec. 22, 2018.
- Iowa’s 20 3-pointers made tonight equals the Carver-Hawkeye record (20 by Purdue on Jan. 20, 2018). Nine different Hawkeyes made at least one 3-pointer.
- Jordan Bohannon sank his 375th career 3-pointer to surpass Ohio State’s Jon Diebler (2008-11) to become the Big Ten’s all-time 3-point leader with 17:56 remaining in the first half. Bohannon finished the game with four made triples.
- Keegan Murray led the team in scoring for the fourth straight game to start the season. The Big Ten’s leading scorer totaled 26 points, six rebounds, four assists, and one block. The sophomore forward has netted 24+ points in each of Iowa’s first four games this season.
- Freshman Payton Sandfort netted a career-high 21 points, bolstered by a personal-best five 3-pointers made.
- Junior point guard Joe Toussaint posted a season-high 11 points and a career-high 11 assists to notch his first career double-double.
- Sophomore Kris Murray registered career bests in scoring (17) and rebounding (8).
- Iowa scored 63 first-half points, equaling the second-highest point total in a half by a Hawkeye team in the Fran McCaffery era. Iowa netted 68 first-half points against Alabama State in 2018 and 63 second-half points at Minnesota in 2018.
- Forward Patrick McCaffery did not play tonight due to a lower body injury.
- Iowa has topped 100 points in two of its four games this season (Longwood, Alabama State).
- The Hawkeyes had one 10-0 scoring run tonight. Iowa has had scoring runs of 10-0 or more a combined seven times in four games.
- Tonight was Fran McCaffery’s 800th career game as a college head coach.
- Iowa improved to 4-0 all-time against Alabama State.
Iowa (4-0) returns to action on Monday against Western Michigan (1-2). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are available for purchase at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.