Iowa crushes Delaware State, 89-57
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Peter Jok scored 17 points and Iowa throttled Delaware State 89-57 on Thursday night.
Ahmad Wagner scored 12 points and Isaiah Moss added 10 for the Hawkeyes (8-5).
Iowa went on a 21-1 run in the first half and outscored the Hornets 21-0 in fastbreak points. The Hawkeyes had a season-high 12 steals and scored 33 points off turnovers.
The only stressful moment for Iowa came with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half when Jok went down with a hip injury – silencing the crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
But Jok, the Big Ten’s top scorer, returned to start the second half. He scored seven points in four minutes before heading to bench for good.
Devin Morgan scored 24 points to lead Delaware State (3-11).
The Hornets shot just 24 percent from the floor. They missed 17 straight field goals during the first half, going nearly 12 minutes between buckets.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes are playing better the last three weeks since a shocking home loss to Omaha on Dec. 3. Iowa is on a season-best five-game winning streak and it should get a jolt to the lineup next week. Freshman Tyler Cook, the team’s second leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, is expected to return after missing the last seven games with a broken finger.
Delaware State: The Hornets, halfway through a six-game road trip, were never in this one. They are 0-34 all-time against opponents from the Big Ten after losing by 47 to Indiana and 32 to Iowa this week.
Iowa: Opens up Big Ten play at 15th-ranked Purdue on Dec. 28, which will be Iowa’s only second true road game of the season. The Hawkeyes have won four of the last five against the Boilermakers.
Delaware State: Leaves the cold of Big Ten country for a trip to Honolulu on Dec. 29 to finish its non-conference slate against Hawaii.