State College, Pa. — A slow trickle of bodies turned into a swarm and Donovon Jack disappeared as fans rushed Penn State’s bench after the Nittany Lions surprised No. 4 Iowa on Wednesday night.
It was another slick move by the senior forward.
Jack scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, leading the Nittany Lions to a 79-75 victory over the Hawkeyes.
Penn State (13-13, 4-9 Big Ten) had lost five of six, but Shep Garner and Brandon Taylor had 18 points apiece in the school’s second victory over a Top 25 team in two weeks. The Nittany Lions also beat No. 22 Indiana, 68-63, on Feb. 6.
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, (Taylor) and Shep passing me the ball,” Jack said. “It was all I could hope for. A big win for us.”
Garner made four of the Nittany Lions’ 10 3-pointers. Taylor also had nine rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.
Peter Jok scored 28 and Jarrod Uthoff 19 for Iowa (20-6, 11-3).
The Hawkeyes beat the Nittany Lions, 73-49, on Feb. 3 and it looked as if they might be headed for another big win when they scored the first eight points and stayed ahead for the first 13 minutes 46 seconds.
But Garner eventually got going and Isaiah Washington put Penn State ahead for good with a 3-pointer midway through the first half. A Jack dunk gave Penn State a 38-31 lead at the break.
“You give a team 10 threes, and to their credit they moved the ball, they shot it with confidence and executed well. That’s going to open things up,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
The Hawkeyes stayed close in the second half, but Taylor hit a jumper to put the Nittany Lions up 67-60 with 1:36 remaining.
Although the Nittany Lions cooled off as the game wore on, coach Patrick Chambers noticed marked improvement from a 1-of-20 3-point effort in the previous loss to the Hawkeyes. Penn State went 10-for-28 from beyond the arc in the win.
“I felt like we were trying to burn the clock a little bit and I know it was getting a little nerve-wracking,” Chambers said. “We wanted our guys to have the freedom to make plays.”
The Hawkeyes pulled within three on Jok’s fourth 3-pointer in the final seconds, but the Nittany Lions held on at the line. They made 12-of-14 free-throw attempts over the final 1:25.
More Big Ten men
(At) No. 22 Indiana 80, Nebraska 64: Troy Williams scored 18 and Robert Johnson 13 as Indiana pulled into a tie for the Big Ten lead.
Iowa’s surprising loss at Penn State provided an opening for the Hoosiers (21-6, 11-3), and Williams made sure they took advantage of the opportunity. He went 8-for-9 from the field and also had five rebounds and three assists.
Jack McVeigh had 17 points and Andrew White III 15 for Nebraska (14-13, 6-8), which has lost five of seven.
Indiana closed the first half with a 17-4 run for a 41-34 lead at the break, and started the second half on a 13-2 spurt to make it 54-36 with 15:56 left. Nebraska never got closer than eight the rest of the night.
Top 25 men
No. 1 Villanova 83, (at) Temple 67: Jalen Brunson scored a season-high 25, Daniel Ochefu had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Kris Jenkins had 15 points as Villanova (23-3) won its sixth in a row.
Brunson, son of former Temple star Rick Brunson, drew jeers from the crowd but shot 9-for-11, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers.
Trey Lowe scored a career-high 21 for Temple (16-9).
(At) Texas Tech 65, No. 3 Oklahoma 63: Aaron Ross scored 17 and Keenan Evans added 14 as Texas Tech picked up its third straight victory over a Top 25 team.
Evans hit three free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal it for Texas Tech (16-9, 6-7 Big 12). The Red Raiders had never beaten three Top 25 teams in a row.
Texas Tech’s bench was the key, getting 25 points to seven for the Sooners’ backups.
Jordan Woodard scored 26 and Buddy Hield added 16 for the Sooners (20-5, 8-5).
The Red Raiders outhustled the Sooners for loose balls and rebounds, scoring 14 points off Oklahoma’s 11 turnovers and had 11 second-chance points to four for the Sooners.
No. 20 Duke 74, (at) No. 5 North Carolina 73: Grayson Allen scored 23 and freshman Derryck Thornton came up with the clinching block on the final play to help Duke edge North Carolina.
Allen hit a pair of free throws with 1:09 left for the lead on a night when the Blue Devils (20-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed most of the way. Duke came up with a pair of stops in the final minute, first on a shot attempt inside in traffic by Kennedy Meeks.
Then, on UNC’s final possession, Thornton blocked Joel Berry II’s shot in the lane. Allen rebounded the ball and flung it into the air to let the final seconds expire.
Brice Johnson had 29 points and 19 rebounds in a dominating performance for the Tar Heels (21-5, 10-3).
(At) No. 8 Xavier 85, No. 23 Providence 74: Myles Davis had a triple-double, Jalen Reynolds had 10 points and 15 rebounds, and Trevon Bluiett scored 17 of his 23 points during Xavier’s big first half.
Xavier (23-3, 11-3 Big East) led for all but the opening minute as they piled up 52 points in the first half. The Musketeers pushed the lead to 21 in the second half and withstood a late run by the Friars that cut the lead to six.
Davis finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to become the first Xavier player with a triple-double since point guard Tu Holloway against Fordham on Feb. 19, 2011.
Kris Dunn finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Providence (19-8, 7-7).
(At) No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 65, Virginia Tech 49: Miami overcame a seven-point first-half deficit and held Virginia Tech to a season-low 29.6 percent shooting.
A 14-2 surge to start the second half put the Hurricanes ahead 35-24. Virginia Tech went without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the half and finished 16 for 54.
Angel Rodriguez scored 14 for the Hurricanes (21-4, 10-3 ACC), who will take a five-game winning streak into its toughest stretch of the season. Miami plays four consecutive games against ranked teams beginning Saturday at No. 5 North Carolina.
Justin Robinson had 12 points for Virginia Tech (13-13, 5-8), who lost to Miami for the fifth time in a row and tied its season low for points scored.
(At) No. 12 Arizona 99, Arizona State 61: Allonzo Trier scored 20 and Ryan Anderson added 15 as Arizona manhandled rival Arizona State in its second-most lopsided victory in the series.
Arizona (21-5, 10-4 Pac-12) got off to a quick start, withstood a brief rally and overwhelmed the smaller Sun Devils at both ends with a 29-6 run spanning halftime.
The Wildcats leaned on Arizona State with their size to pour it on from there, finishing with 38 more points in the paint and a 50-26 rebounding advantage. Kaleb Tarczewski grabbed 15 of those rebounds, with Anderson and Trier each finishing with eight.
Dusan Ristic scored 16, Gabe York and Kadeem Allen each had 12 as Arizona shot 57 percent.
Obinna Oleka and Andre Spight each scored 15 for the Sun Devils (14-13, 4-10), who shot 32 percent.
(At) Saint Joseph’s 79, No. 15 Dayton 70: DeAndre’ Bembry had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead five players in double figures as Saint Joseph’s won its fourth straight.
Aaron Brown scored 14, Lamarr Kimble 13, James Demery 12, and Isaiah Miles had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Joseph’s (22-4, 11-2 Atlantic 10), which moved into a tie with Dayton and Virginia Commonwealth for the Atlantic-10 lead.
Charles Cooke scored 16, Darrell Davis 13, Steve McElvene 12, Scoochie Smith 11 and Dyshawn Pierre 10 for Dayton (21-4, 11-2), which had its nine-game win streak come to an end.
(At) No. 18 Louisville 72, Syracuse 58: Damion Lee scored 15, Trey Lewis 14 and Chinanu Onuaku had 13 points and 15 rebounds as Louisville pulled away in the second half.
Louisville (20-6, 9-4 ACC) snapped a two-game slide, shooting 56 percent in the second half. It overcame a 3-for-14 shooting start to finish at 48 percent overall. It also held Syracuse to 38 percent shooting to stop its five-game winning streak and hand the Orange its worst loss this season.
Trevor Cooney scored 19 and Michael Gbinije 13 for Syracuse (18-9, 8-6).
(At) No. 6 Maryland 76, Michigan 56: Brionna Jones scored 20 as Maryland overwhelmed Michigan in the second half to pull away.
The Terrapins (24-3, 13-2 Big Ten) fell behind by nine points in the second quarter and 30-29 at halftime — only the third time this season Maryland trailed at the break.
The third quarter, however, was completely different. Jones scored six points in an 11-3 run that put the Terrapins up 40-36, and Maryland tallied the final nine points of the period for a 51-40 lead.
Maryland turned the game into a rout by outscoring Michigan 25-14 in the fourth quarter.
Katelynn Flaherty scored 17 and Madison Ristovski 15 for Michigan (15-11, 7-8).
Eastern Michigan 70, (at) Buffalo 55: Cha Sweeney scored 19 and Sasha Dailey 17 to lead Eastern Michigan to its third straight win.
Chanise Baldwin added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Janay Morton chipped in 10 points for the Eagles (16-8, 7-6 Mid-American Conference).
Joanna Smith scored 22 and Brittany Morrison 13 for Buffalo (12-12, 4-9), which shot 29.4 percent from the field.