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Iowa, McCaffery walk off court without handshake for UND

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa coach Fran McCaffery walked off the court after the win and waved for his team to follow him to the locker room without shaking hands with North Dakota's players and coaches.

It was a jarring ending to an otherwise vanilla game that the Hawkeyes won 84-73 on Tuesday night.

McCaffery was irritated with what he considered a few unnecessary and chippy plays in the closing moments of a game that Iowa led by 16 points with three minutes to go. North Dakota's Corey Baldwin tried for a steal and score with only three seconds left when Nicholas Baer was holding the ball to run out the clock and end the game.

''I wasn't pleased with how the game ended and the things that happened,'' McCaffery said. ''I don't think they teach that kind of stuff, but I was not having it. That's not the way to play.''

McCaffery didn't give a direct answer when asked what specific plays bothered him.

''Were you at the game?'' he said. ''Well, then you should know what I didn't like.''

North Dakota's players and coaches lined up for the postgame handshake, then looked surprised that Iowa wasn't there to meet them. Several Fighting Hawks players threw their hands up in frustration.

This was the second game in a row that ended in controversy for the Fighting Hawks. Drick Bernstine and Geno Crandall were ejected with 18 seconds left in an 87-70 loss to rival North Dakota State on Dec. 16 after a tussle under the basket.

''They're not malicious kids, they're good kids,'' North Dakota coach Brian Jones, a former assistant at Iowa under Steve Alford, said after Tuesday's game. ''They're just trying to compete until the final horn goes off. That's all.''

Iowa spokesman Matt Weitzel told The Associated Press in an email on Wednesday that while McCaffery ''stands by his concerns regarding some of the unsportsmanlike actions that led to his decision, he has since expressed regret publicly and has apologized to head coach Brian Jones and his team.''

Weitzel said the team considers the issue closed.

North Dakota spokesman Ryan Powell said Wednesday in an email that Jones, when asked for further comment, was ''ready to move on.''

Peter Jok and Jordan Bohannon each scored 18 points to help the Hawkeyes (7-5) win their fourth straight. Cordell Pemsl had nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds.

Iowa pulled away with a 16-0 run in the middle of the first half when North Dakota went six minutes without scoring. The Hawkeyes forced eight turnovers on nine possessions during that stretch. Quinton Hooker scored 18 points to lead North Dakota (5-5). Conner Avants added 17 points and Drick Bernstine had 10 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: The inconsistent Hawkeyes did enough to win, but they still have plenty to clean up with the Big Ten opener a week away. Iowa made a season-low five 3-pointers and shot only 68 percent from the foul line.

North Dakota: It's been a tough month for the Fighting Hawks. They've lost three straight and their 17-point loss to North Dakota State last week was their only home game during a 45-day stretch. But North Dakota is expected to be competitive in the Big Sky in its fifth year in the league.

INJURIES

North Dakota's Cortez Seales played only seven minutes after a first-half collision. Jones said Seales was getting checked for concussion-like symptoms. Seales, from Eldridge, Iowa, scored two points.

Iowa's Tyler Cook missed his sixth straight game with a finger injury. McCaffery said Cook could possibly return on Thursday, but it's likely the freshman will be held out until Big Ten opener next week.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Iowa's Isaiah Moss finished an impressive one-handed dunk after a give-and-go pass from Jok in the final minute of the first half. Moss caught the bounce pass from Jok in transition and jumped over a lunging defender for two of his nine points.

UP NEXT

Iowa: Wraps up nonconference play against Delaware State on Thursday with the Big Ten opener against Purdue next week.

North Dakota: Gets more than a week off before it opens Big Sky play at Portland State on Dec. 29.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Lost ball turnover on Corey Baldwin 8.0
+ 1 Peter Jok made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Peter Jok made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Quinton Hooker 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Iowa 25.0
  Drick Bernstine missed jump shot 27.0
  Offensive rebound by Drick Bernstine 25.0
  Conner Avants missed tip-in 27.0
  Offensive rebound by Conner Avants 32.0
  Quinton Hooker missed layup 34.0
+ 1 Quinton Hooker made 2nd of 2 free throws 38.0
Team Stats
Points 73 84
Field Goals 27-65 (41.5%) 28-60 (46.7%)
3-Pointers 7-21 (33.3%) 5-12 (41.7%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 23-34 (67.6%)
Total Rebounds 37 41
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 26 27
Team 1 4
Assists 18 17
Steals 7 8
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 16 10
Fouls 24 18
Technicals 0 1
18 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo North Dakota 5-5 304373
home team logo Iowa 7-5 414384
Team Stats
away team logo North Dakota 5-5 73.1 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.4 APG
home team logo Iowa 7-5 81.6 PPG 38.7 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
00
Q. Hooker G PPG RPG APG FG%
3
J. Bohannon G 11.1 PPG 2.1 RPG 3.4 APG 38.6 FG%
Top Scorers
Q. Hooker G 18 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
J. Bohannon G 18 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
41.5 FG% 46.7
33.3 3PT FG% 41.7
85.7 FT% 67.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Hooker 18 3 3 4/10 3/6 7/7 4 35 0 0 3 0 3
C. Avants 17 6 1 8/13 0/1 1/2 3 28 0 0 0 4 2
G. Crandall 11 3 4 5/11 1/4 0/0 5 36 3 0 5 0 3
D. Bernstine 10 14 8 3/10 0/0 4/4 4 38 3 1 4 4 10
C. Baldwin 8 3 0 3/7 2/5 0/0 2 14 1 0 2 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Hooker 18 3 3 4/10 3/6 7/7 4 35 0 0 3 0 3
C. Avants 17 6 1 8/13 0/1 1/2 3 28 0 0 0 4 2
G. Crandall 11 3 4 5/11 1/4 0/0 5 36 3 0 5 0 3
D. Bernstine 10 14 8 3/10 0/0 4/4 4 38 3 1 4 4 10
C. Baldwin 8 3 0 3/7 2/5 0/0 2 14 1 0 2 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Collins 5 2 0 2/6 1/3 0/0 3 18 0 0 1 0 2
C. Shanks 2 2 1 1/2 0/0 0/1 3 12 0 0 1 0 2
C. Seales 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 1
B. Brown 0 2 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 2
T. Blake - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Pekas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Kinsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Rolls-Tyson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Walter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 36 18 27/65 7/21 12/14 24 200 7 1 16 10 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Jok 18 8 4 4/15 0/3 10/10 4 32 1 0 1 1 7
J. Bohannon 18 3 3 5/9 2/4 6/8 1 34 0 0 3 0 3
I. Moss 9 3 2 3/6 1/1 2/2 0 26 1 0 0 0 3
A. Wagner 8 0 2 3/6 0/0 2/4 3 21 1 1 1 0 0
D. Uhl 2 4 3 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 15 0 0 2 3 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Jok 18 8 4 4/15 0/3 10/10 4 32 1 0 1 1 7
J. Bohannon 18 3 3 5/9 2/4 6/8 1 34 0 0 3 0 3
I. Moss 9 3 2 3/6 1/1 2/2 0 26 1 0 0 0 3
A. Wagner 8 0 2 3/6 0/0 2/4 3 21 1 1 1 0 0
D. Uhl 2 4 3 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 15 0 0 2 3 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Ellingson 10 1 1 4/5 0/0 2/2 1 18 0 0 0 0 1
C. Pemsl 9 11 1 4/7 0/0 1/8 4 24 1 1 1 4 7
N. Baer 8 6 1 3/6 2/3 0/0 3 22 3 2 2 2 4
R. Kriener 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
C. Williams 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1
C. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dailey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Till - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 37 17 28/60 5/12 23/34 18 200 8 4 10 10 27