Iowa rallies to knock off upset-minded Rutgers, 68-62
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(AP) Senior Peter Jok scored 18 points with 11 rebounds and Iowa rallied from nine down to beat Rutgers 68-62 Sunday and move back to .500 in the Big Ten.
Freshman Cordell Pemsl had 13 for the Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-2 Big Ten), who used a late 17-4 run to clinch its seventh win in nine games.
Iowa committed 18 turnovers, got crushed on the offensive glass 19-9 and went over eight minutes without a field goal. But the Hawkeyes woke up after 30 sluggish minutes, and Jordan Bohannon’s layup off a steal gave the Hawkeyes a 57-55 lead with 3:59 left.
Nicholas Baer’s jumper made it 63-59 with 1:08 to go.
Iowa’s Dominique Uhl, ineffective for much of the season, scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.
Deshawn Freeman had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Rutgers (11-6, 0-4), who fell to 0-21 on the road since joining the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights hit just two free throws and four 3s.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes might have been beaten by every other team in the Big Ten playing like it did on Sunday. Because it played Rutgers, Iowa survived. But the Hawkeyes have a lot to clean up if they hope to finish anywhere near .500 in the league.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights lost their first three Big Ten games by an average of 20.3 points, so this was progress. But outside of its trip to Penn State on Feb. 4, Rutgers doesn’t have many realistic chances to snap that Big Ten road losing streak.
Iowa hosts No. 20 Purdue on Thursday. The Boilermakers throttled Iowa 89-67 in their Big Ten opener.
Rutgers hosts Northwestern on Thursday.