Wednesday’s roundup: Iowa romps, improves to 18-4
Iowa City, Iowa — Iowa’s scorers often get the attention, but it’s the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes’ aggressive and trapping defense that is making the difference this season.
And Iowa is converting turnovers and missed shots — and sometimes even made baskets — into quick and easy points on the other end.
Jarrod Uthoff scored 14 points and Adam Woodbury had a career-high 15 rebounds to help Iowa roll past Penn State, 73-49, on Wednesday night.
The Hawkeyes forced only 10 turnovers, but held Penn State to 30 percent shooting. The 49 points are a season-low for an Iowa opponent this season.
“Right from the outset, our defense set the tone,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We got stops, we got run-outs. I thought we really were locked into throwing it ahead and attacking in transition.”
Peter Jok scored 12 points and Anthony Clemmons had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Hawkeyes (18-4, 9-1 Big Ten), who won their 15th straight home game.
Brandon Taylor had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Penn State (11-12, 2-8). Taylor shot 6-of-18 from the field.
The Nittany Lions never settled down in their first visit to Iowa City in three years.
Penn State opened the game shooting 3-of-16 from the field. The Nittany Lions — one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the Big Ten — made only one three in 20 attempts.
“We got into their space and made everything difficult for them,” said Uthoff, who blocked four shots.
Iowa won to stay even with Indiana on top of the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes and Hoosiers will meet twice in the last four weeks of the season, starting Feb. 11 in Bloomington.
Iowa has won by double figures in eight of their nine conference wins.
The Hawkeyes opened the game on a 14-4 run. Later, Uthoff hit a 3-pointer with 5
minutes left in the first half to put Iowa up by 12 points. Penn State didn’t get any closer.
Dom Uhl finished the first half with a two-handed putback dunk off his own missed floater to give the Hawkeyes a 45-26 lead.
Iowa built a 20-point lead early in the second half and never gave it up.
The Hawkeyes had 13 fastbreak points and didn’t allow any. Iowa’s bench outscored Penn State’s, 28-14.
Penn State has lost four straight and six of seven.
Shep Garner and Julian Moore scored eight points each for the Nittany Lions.
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No. 4 Maryland 70, (at) Nebraska 65: Freshman Diamond Stone had 16 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high eight blocks, and the Terrapins held on.
Melo Trimble had 14 of his 20 points in the second half as Maryland overcame a slew of turnovers to remain a half-game behind conference co-leaders Indiana and Iowa.
Stone dunked off an assist from Trimble to give the Terps (20-3, 9-2 Big Ten) the lead for good, 60-58, and he dunked again after rebounding Jake Layman’s missed free throw to make it 66-61 with 2 minutes to play.
The Huskers were within three points when Trimble put the game away with two free throws with 8.2 seconds left.
Andrew White III had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Nebraska (12-11, 4-6). Shavon Shields was just 4 of 17 from the field and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Illinois 110, (at) Rutgers 101 (3OT): Malcolm Hill scored 10 of his 32 points from the free-throw line in the third overtime and Illinois extending Rutgers’ losing streak to 10 games.
Hill also had a career-high 14 rebounds as the Illini (11-12, 3-7 Big Ten) rallied after blowing a seven-point lead in the final 29.2 seconds of the first overtime.
Corey Sanders had career highs of 39 points and 12 assists for the Scarlet Knights (6-17, 0-10) but missed a free throw with 3.3 seconds to play in regulation that would have put Rutgers ahead.
Central Michigan 66, (at) Eastern Michigan 65: Tinara Moore scored 28 and Jasmine Harris 11 and Reyna Frost and Presley Hudson had 10 points apiece for Central (14-7, 8-2 MAC), which trailed 25-22 at the half.
Cha Sweeney scored 23 and Sheyna Deans 16 for Eastern (13-8, 4-6).
Toledo 80, (at) Western Michigan 68: Janice Monakana scored 25 and Brenae Harris 16 for Toledo (11-9, 6-3 MAC).
Meredith Shipman scored 22 and Jessica Jessing 13 for Western (13-9, 5-5).
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(At) No. 3 Villanova 83, Creighton 58: Kris Jenkins scored 22 points, Jalen Brunson had 16 and Villanova rolled.
The Wildcats (19-3, 9-1 Big East) shot 16-for-29 (55 percent) from 3-point range with Brunson and Jenkins each shooting 4-for-6.
Maurice Watson Jr. led Creighton (14-9, 5-5) with 16 points and five assists.
(At) No. 6 Xavier 90, St. John’s 83: Trevon Bluiett had his fifth double-double of the season, and Xavier overcame poor shooting, handing the Red Storm their 13th straight loss. Bluiett had 15 points and 13 rebounds as Xavier (20-2, 8-2 Big East) got its 20th win faster than any team in school history.
St. John’s (7-16, 0-10) hasn’t won since Dec. 13.
(At) No. 9 Virginia 61, Boston College 47: Malcolm Brogdon scored 27 and Virginia stretched its winning streak to five, keeping the Eagles winless in ACC play.
Anthony Gill added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers (18-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Sammy Barnes-Thompkins made four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 14 points to lead the Eagles (7-15, 0-9).
(At) No. 17 Miami 79, Notre Dame 70: Anthony Lawrence Jr. scored a season-high 18 on just six shots, and Angel Rodriguez added 12 points. Ja’Quan Newton and Sheldon McClellan had 12 points each for the Hurricanes (17-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Bonzie Colson scored 17 for Notre Dame (15-7, 6-4).
(At) No. 21 Wichita State 76, Southern Illinois 55: Fred VanVleet had 12 points and 11 assists to lead Wichita State.
Shaquille Morris had a season-high 13 points and Anton Grady added 10 for Shockers (17-5, 11-0 Missouri Valley), which won its 12th straight.
Anthony Beane scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half for Southern Illinois (18-6, 7-4).