Saturday’s Big Ten: Iowa knocks off Maryland
College Park, Md. — The best performance of Jordan Bohannon’s college career coincided with another ego-deflating effort by No. 24 Maryland.
As a result, Iowa got a feel-good victory and the Terrapins were left wondering how such an uplifting season could so quickly go awry.
Bohannon scored a career-high 24 points, hitting 8 of 10 3-pointers, and the Hawkeyes rolled to a surprisingly easy 83-69 victory Saturday night.
Tyler Cook had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8 Big Ten), who improved to 2-7 on the road. Iowa led by seven at halftime and erased any shred of suspense by taking a 16-point lead with 10:28 remaining.
Bohannon came in averaging 9.2 points per game and shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. Cook, who’s also a freshman, scored only eight points in the first meeting between the teams, an 84-76 Maryland victory on Jan. 19.
On this occasion, they mounted an outside-inside assault on the Terrapins’ defense.
“Bohannon made shots, but Cook just dominated the game,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said.
Bohannon’s sharp-shooting performance came after he hurt his finger in practice Friday.
“Honestly, once the game started I didn’t notice it,” he said.
Kevin Huerter scored 13 points for Maryland (22-7, 10-6). Since opening 20-2, the Terrapins have lost five of seven and three in a row.
Maryland began the week playing for first place in the Big Ten at Wisconsin. That began a span of three losses in seven days.
“A week ago we had a ton of confidence. Three games later we don’t,” Turgeon said. “We’ve got to get that back, and it’s up to me to figure out how to do it.”
Eager to rebound from a home loss to Minnesota, the Terrapins came out flat against an Iowa team that had beaten only Rutgers on the road.
“What made us 22-4 was our mental toughness,” Turgeon said. “We’ve just been so tough. For some reason, the last few games we haven’t been.”
Maryland’s biggest lead was two points, and the Terps never led after relinquishing a 24-23 advantage midway in the first half.
Maryland went 11 for 34 from 3-point range and took only nine free throws.
“They had good looks and we didn’t,” Turgeon said.
Cook scored 15 points and Bohannon drilled four 3-pointers to help Iowa take a 47-40 halftime lead.
The Hawkeyes went 8 for 12 from beyond the arc, outrebounded Maryland 20-14 and limited standout guard Melo Trimble to three points on 1-for-5 shooting.
Huerter opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give the crowd hopes of a comeback, but Bohannon nailed three 3s in a 10-1 spurt that made it 58-44.
“Jordan obviously was on fire,” coach Fran McCaffery said.
Trimble finished with 10 points, going 1 for 9 from beyond the arc.
(At) Minnesota 81, Penn State 71: Nate Mason had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Jordan Murphy added 16 points and 16 rebounds. Dupree McBrayer added 15 points off the bench for Minnesota (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten) with Akeem Springs scoring 12. Reggie Lynch had nine points and set a career-high with 11 blocks as the Gophers won their seventh game in a row and avenged an earlier loss at Penn State.
Tony Carr had 20 points and seven assists, while Shep Garner scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Nittany Lions, who have lost three straight. Penn State had just five turnovers, all in the first half, but shot 35.5 percent.
Excluding the vacated season of 1996-97, Minnesota has won seven games in a row for the first time since 1978.
(At) Indiana 63, Northwestern 62: Thomas Bryant completed a 3-point play with 2.6 seconds left and James Blackmon Jr. finished with 13 points to help Indiana rally from a seven-point deficit in the final 93 seconds. The win snapped a five-game losing streak and was the only time Indiana (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten) led in the final 13 1/2 minutes.
Bryant McIntosh scored 22 points for Northwestern (20-9, 9-7) but just missed a half-court heave at the buzzer.
The Hoosiers seemed to take control with a 22-0 run to close the first half — the last coming on Devonte Green’s heave from 60 feet that made it 36-26.
But after retaking the lead with a 17-3 second-half run and taking a 62-55 lead with 1:33 left, Northwestern didn’t score again.
Blackmon’s 3-pointer with 38.6 seconds left made it 62-60 and Bryant won it with a fortuitous bounce on the free throw.
Bryant finished with 11 points and six rebounds.