Tuesday’s college basketball: Bohannon scores 24, leads No. 3 Iowa past No. 16 North Carolina

John Bohnenkamp
Associated Press

Iowa City, Iowa — Jordan Bohannon said he could have been much better.

Given what he’s been through in the last year, he’ll take the night he had on Tuesday.

Bohannon scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures for No. 3 Iowa, and the Hawkeyes beat No. 16 North Carolina 93-80 in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon celebrates in front of North Carolina guard Andrew Platek, right, after making a 3-point basket during the second half.

Bohannon had scored 11 points in Iowa’s first three games this season. But he got hot from 3-point range, making 7 of 16 attempts, and converted his only shot from inside the arc.

“I didn’t think I shot the ball well,” Bohannon said. “I hit some pretty big shots. But I still thought I had an off day.”

“He’s been shooting it that way every day,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “If he gets open shots, he’s going to make them. I don’t care who we play. That’s the way he is.”

Bohannon had surgeries on both hips last year, one during the summer and then a second one that ended his season in December.

“I’ve been here for, like, 20 years,” said Bohannon, who is in his fifth season. “I kind of have a lot of experience in my belt.”

North Carolina’s defense slowed Iowa center Luka Garza, who came in as the nation’s leading scorer at 34 points per game. Garza had 16 points and 14 rebounds, his 24th career double-double, but his streak of 19 straight games scoring 20 points or more was snapped.

Iowa’s guards, though, were left open because of the way the Tar Heels (3-2) defended Garza, and the Hawkeyes (4-0) took advantage, especially in the first half.

CJ Fredrick had 21 points and Joe Wieskamp added 19 for the Hawkeyes. Frederick, Wieskamp and Bohannon had all 17 of Iowa’s 3-pointers.

“That’s the kind of team we put together,” McCaffery said. “They were physical. They have size. They rotated guys (on Garza). When they’re in like that, you’ve got to move it, move it, move it, and shoot open jumpers.”

Iowa made seven of its first nine 3-pointers. The Hawkeyes opened the game with an 11-2 run and led by as much as 17 points in the first half before taking a 43-31 halftime lead on Fredrick’s 3-pointer.

“We didn’t guard the 3-point shooter,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “And if you go by our defensive principles that we do every single day, then we wouldn’t have allowed those 3-point (shots). And they happened to make a bunch of them.”

Williams said the Tar Heels’ defense on Garza was “OK.”

“I’m going to tell you – Luka Garza is the real deal,” Williams said. “You look at the numbers he’s put up. I think it boils down to one thing. He’s got probably tons more sweat than other guys have, and that’s something I’ve always admired.”

North Carolina opened the second half on a 14-5 run and got to within one point three times before eventually taking a 66-65 lead with 9:52 left on two free throws by RJ Davis.

The Hawkeyes, though, scored 16 consecutive points, a run capped by Bohannon’s 3-pointer with 6:57 to play, and they wouldn’t trail again.

“We’re just an experienced team,” Bohannon said. “We know what we need to do to get things done and win games. We knew they were going to make a run. It wasn’t anything we were shocked about.”

Garrison Brooks led the Tar Heels with 17 points. Day’Ron Sharpe had 13 points, and Davis added 12.

More Big Ten

►No. 6 Illinois 83, No. 10 Duke 68: Ayo Dosunmu scored 18 points and sixth-ranked Illinois shot 58% to beat No. 10 Duke 83-68 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Kofi Cockburn added 13 points for the Fighting Illini (4-1), who jumped to a 14-2 lead and never looked back. The Fighting Illini led by 14 at halftime and didn’t let the margin slip below double figures after the break, handing the Blue Devils their second nonconference home loss in a week while playing without their famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois led by 19 points early in the second half, aided by an outside shooting effort that had the Illini make 7 of 11 3-pointers – including 6 of 8 in the first half as they took control.

Matthew Hurt scored 19 points to lead the Blue Devils (2-2), who shot 40% and made 5 of 22 3-pointers.

►Penn State 75, (at) No. 15 Virginia Tech 55: Izaiah Brockington scored a career-high 24 points to lead Penn State to a 75-55 victory over No. 15 Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.

Brockington hit 10 of 14 from the floor, including two 3-pointers for the Nittany Lions (3-1), who used a 17-0 run early in the first half to grab the lead and never trailed again.

Jalen Cone paced the Hokies (4-1) with 11 points. Virginia Tech, which shot just 37% (20 of 54), had won 34 straight non-conference games on its home court.

Penn State played a near-flawless first half, shooting 18 of 35 from the field and forcing 10 turnovers while not committing a single one. Behind Brockington’s 15 points, the Nittany Lions led 42-23 at halftime even though leading scorer Seth Lundy did not score. Lundy, who was averaging 22.3 points per game coming in, went scoreless in the game.

The Nittany Lions ended any hopes of a Virginia Tech comeback early in the second half, making seven of their first nine shots, including four 3s. Myles Dread’s 3-pointer with 13:21 remaining gave Penn State a 63-34 lead – its largest of the game.

Myreon Jones added 14 points for Penn State, and Dread finished with 11. The Nittany Lions shot 50% (30 of 60) and hit 12 3-pointers.

►(At) No. 21 Rutgers 79, Syracuse 69: Ron Harper Jr. scored 26 points and No. 21 Rutgers took over a close game down the stretch to beat Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Montez Mathis added 19 points for Rutgers (4-0), and Jacob Young had 18. Myles Johnson finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds to help the Scarlet Knights snap a 13-game losing streak to Syracuse with their first victory over the Orange since January 2003.

The former Big East rivals were meeting for the first time in seven years.

Alan Griffin led Syracuse (3-1) with 20 points, and Quincy Guerrier had 18.

Harper was 5-of-8 from 3-point range.

After trailing 34-30 at halftime, Syracuse got within one several times early in the second half before tying it at 55 on a 3-pointer by Griffin assisted by Joseph Girard III.

Mathis hit a 3 on the ensuing possession, but Griffin’s dunk off Paul Mulcahy’s turnover put the Orange ahead 59-58 with 7:15 remaining for their first lead since it was 3-2.

Syracuse led for the next few minutes before Johnson’s fast-break dunk assisted by Young at the 4:10 mark gave Rutgers a 66-65 advantage. The play was part of an 11-0 run over 3:19 that put the Scarlet Knights in control and put away the Orange.

►No. 22 Ohio State 90, (at) Notre Dame 85: E.J. Liddell led five Ohio State players in double figures with 19 points as the 22nd-ranked Buckeyes rallied from 11 points down in the second half and held off Notre Dame in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Justice Seuing and C.J. Walker each had 16 points, Duane Washington Jr. added 13 and Justin Ahrens 12 as the Buckeyes improved to 4-0 by hitting 11 of 23 3-pointers and 21 of 24 free throws.

Prentiss Hubb led the Fighting Irish (1-2) with a game-high 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 5 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line. Nate Laszewski had 17 points, Dane Goodwin 16 and Cormac Ryan 15, all in the first half

The Irish finished the first half with an 8-0 run, holding the Buckeyes scoreless for the final 3:18 and taking a 42-34 lead to the break. Hubb keyed the final run with a 12-footer and then a steal before feeding Laszewski for a slam with 32.4 seconds to go. Ryan’s 15 points came on 5-of-7 shooting but he got only one shot in the second half.

The Irish lead grew to 55-44 on two free throws by Laszewski with 14:38 left. But the Buckeyes wouldn’t go away, going on a 16-6 run over the next 5½ minutes to pull to 61-60.

Walker then made two free throws after Durham fouled to give Ohio State a 62-61 lead with 8:44 to go. Hubb’s 3-pointer gave the Irish a 70-69 lead with 5:41 remaining before Ohio State finished on a 21-15 run.

Top 25

(At) No. 5 Kansas 73, No. 8 Creighton 72: Jalen Wilson hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining, then watched as Marcus Zegarowski missed the last of three free throws after fouling him with 1.1 seconds left, allowing fifth-ranked Kansas to escape with a victory.

Wilson finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Braun scored 14 points, missing a foul shot that could have clinched the game with 12.5 seconds to go, and David McCormack contributed 13 points as the Jayhawks (5-1) won their fifth straight against the Bluejays.

Denzel Mahoney gave Creighton (3-1) a chance down the stretch. He hit a 3-pointer with 1:22 left to get the Bluejays within 70-68, then picked the pocket of Bryce Thompson and coasted for the tying layup with just over a minute to go.

Wilson drilled a 3-pointer off a nifty kick-out from McCormack at the other end, and Zegarowski missed an answering 3 as Braun gathered the rebound and was fouled. But when he was fouled and went to the line, the sharpshooter missed his free throw, and Zegarowski unloaded another 3-point attempt from the corner as Wilson got a piece of his arm.

The preseason Big East player of the year hit the first two free throws. He missed the last one.

Zegarowski finished with 16 points, though he was hounded all night by defensive whiz Marcus Garrett and was 5 of 14 from the floor. Mahoney led the Bluejays with 19 points while Christian Bishop and Damien Jefferson had 13 apiece.

(At) No. 12 Tennessee 56, Colorado 47: After five pandemic-related postponements, No. 12 Tennessee made the most of its opener.

The Vols (1-0) didn’t get their first player into double figures until less than a minute remained when John Fulkerson hit two free throws to reach 11 points. Santiago Vescovi also scored 11.

Reserve Jeriah Horne scored 15 points for the Buffaloes (2-1), who had their own COVID-19 problems. They had a 10-day layoff, then traveled halfway across country to finally play a game.

McKinley Wright, who averaged 22 points in Colorado’s first two games, was handcuffed by the Vols’ defense. He scored six points in the first half and finished with eight.