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Bohannon, No. 25 Iowa beat No. 24 Nebraska 93-84

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) In a game that Iowa simply had to have, junior Jordan Bohannon carried the 25th-ranked Hawkeyes with one of the best halves of his career.

Bohannon scored 22 of his season-high 25 points in the second half, Tyler Cook had 16 points and Iowa beat No. 24 Nebraska 93-84 on Sunday, snapping a three-game losing streak to open Big Ten play.

''It's hard to get your first Big Ten win, especially against a team like Nebraska. They have one of the most talented (starting lineups) in the Big Ten,'' Bohannon said. ''We got some stops when we needed to, especially down the stretch.''

Ryan Kriener added 14 points in his first career start for the Hawkeyes (12-3, 1-3). They shot 29 of 32 from the free throw line in holding off the Huskers (11-4, 1-3).

Nebraska, which shot 37.8 percent on 3s entering play, was a dismal 4 of 23 beyond the arc.

Bohannon, on the other hand, kept hitting 3s that kept the Huskers at bay.

Bohannon's one-handed banked 3, his first basket of the game, gave Iowa a 44-40 lead at the halftime buzzer. Bohannon drilled another 3 to help slow Nebraska's momentum and push Iowa's edge back up to 72-63 - and he did the same after the Huskers got within 72-68.

''When you make one, the basket seems to get a little bigger,'' Bohannon said.

Bohannon's final 3, with 2:03 left, gave Iowa an 83-75 lead. He finished 5 of 8 on 3s, hit all 10 of his free throws and added five assists.

''He's just a very good perimeter player,'' Nebraska coach Tim Miles said about Bohannon, who torched the Huskers after they went to a 1-3-1 zone. ''He's one of those guys that makes his team just so much better.''

Isaac Copeland had 24 points to lead Nebraska, which dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season. James Palmer Jr. scored 20 points, but Iowa held the Big Ten's second-leading scorer without a point for the opening 18 minutes.

''We didn't play with as much urgency as Iowa did,'' Miles said.

THE BIG PICTURE

Iowa: After missing three games with a sprained ankle, sophomore center Luka Garza checked in with 11:59 in the first half. It was a welcome sight for the Hawkeyes, who've desperately missed the big man's presence in the post. Garza had eight points in 10 minutes. ''It gives us another offensive weapon inside. It gives us a post presence defensively,'' Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

Nebraska: The problem with blowing winnable road games, as the Huskers did against Minnesota and Maryland, is that it leaves less of a cushion for those times when shots just won't go down on the road. Ironically, Nebraska kept it close by hitting 20 free throws.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

It's possible, if not probable, that both teams will drop out of the poll Monday after losing to unranked teams this week.

THE NUMBERS

Nebraska's Isaiah Roby scored 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting with nine rebounds. But he battled foul trouble in the second half. ...Isaiah Moss had 12 points and 10 assists for Iowa, and Joe Wieskamp had 10 points with seven boards. ...Iowa committed 13 turnovers. ...Nebraska was 26 of 42 inside the arc.

HE SAID IT

''He knows (that) all I've ever done is encourage him to keep shooting,'' McCaffery said about Bohannon, who moved into fourth place on made 3s in school history. ''We'll just keep telling him to shoot. That's what he does.''

UP NEXT

Nebraska: Hosts Penn State on Thursday night.

Iowa: At Northwestern on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
G. Watson Jr.
5 G
T. Cook
25 F
31.1 Min. Per Game 31.1
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
2.9 Ast. Per Game 2.9
8.4 Reb. Per Game 8.4
45.5 Field Goal % 59.2
41.0 Three Point % 0.0
88.5 Free Throw % 71.8
+ 2 James Palmer Jr. made driving layup 7.0
+ 1 Isaiah Moss made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
+ 1 Isaiah Moss made 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on James Palmer Jr. 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Moss 12.0
  Thomas Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot 14.0
+ 1 Jordan Bohannon made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
+ 1 Jordan Bohannon made 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on James Palmer Jr. 18.0
+ 1 James Palmer Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 James Palmer Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
Team Stats
Points 84 93
Field Goals 30-65 (46.2%) 27-59 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 4-23 (17.4%) 10-22 (45.5%)
Free Throws 20-26 (76.9%) 29-32 (90.6%)
Total Rebounds 31 40
Offensive 8 11
Defensive 20 27
Team 3 2
Assists 17 16
Steals 8 6
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 7 13
Fouls 25 22
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
25 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 24 Nebraska 11-4 404484
home team logo 25 Iowa 12-3 444993
Team Stats
away team logo 24 Nebraska 11-4 71.8 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 25 Iowa 12-3 78.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 15.7 APG
Key Players
14
I. Copeland Jr. F 14.0 PPG 5.4 RPG 1.1 APG 52.5 FG%
3
J. Bohannon G 11.3 PPG 2.2 RPG 3.4 APG 37.4 FG%
Top Scorers
I. Copeland Jr. F 24 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
J. Bohannon G 25 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
46.2 FG% 45.8
17.4 3PT FG% 45.5
76.9 FT% 90.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Copeland Jr. 24 6 2 8/16 1/4 7/8 4 30 2 1 0 4 2
J. Palmer Jr. 20 2 4 6/15 0/5 8/11 3 39 3 0 5 0 2
I. Roby 17 9 0 8/10 1/1 0/0 4 23 0 1 0 2 7
T. Allen 10 4 4 3/8 1/4 3/4 2 35 1 0 1 2 2
G. Watson Jr. 6 2 5 3/10 0/5 0/0 4 30 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Copeland Jr. 24 6 2 8/16 1/4 7/8 4 30 2 1 0 4 2
J. Palmer Jr. 20 2 4 6/15 0/5 8/11 3 39 3 0 5 0 2
I. Roby 17 9 0 8/10 1/1 0/0 4 23 0 1 0 2 7
T. Allen 10 4 4 3/8 1/4 3/4 2 35 1 0 1 2 2
G. Watson Jr. 6 2 5 3/10 0/5 0/0 4 30 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Akenten 7 5 1 2/6 1/4 2/3 3 21 1 0 0 0 5
T. Borchardt 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 4 14 0 1 0 0 0
B. Heiman 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
J. Trueblood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thorbjarnarson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 28 17 30/65 4/23 20/26 25 200 8 3 7 8 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bohannon 25 3 5 5/11 5/8 10/10 2 35 0 0 2 0 3
T. Cook 16 7 1 4/6 0/0 8/9 4 30 1 0 5 2 5
R. Kriener 14 3 1 5/8 1/1 3/3 4 26 0 3 0 1 2
I. Moss 12 10 5 3/10 1/4 5/6 0 31 1 1 1 3 7
J. Wieskamp 10 7 2 4/10 2/4 0/0 1 29 0 1 1 3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bohannon 25 3 5 5/11 5/8 10/10 2 35 0 0 2 0 3
T. Cook 16 7 1 4/6 0/0 8/9 4 30 1 0 5 2 5
R. Kriener 14 3 1 5/8 1/1 3/3 4 26 0 3 0 1 2
I. Moss 12 10 5 3/10 1/4 5/6 0 31 1 1 1 3 7
J. Wieskamp 10 7 2 4/10 2/4 0/0 1 29 0 1 1 3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Garza 8 2 1 3/6 0/1 2/2 2 10 0 0 1 1 1
N. Baer 4 1 0 1/4 1/3 1/2 2 14 4 1 0 0 1
M. Dailey 4 2 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 2 13 0 0 2 0 2
R. Till - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCaffery 0 3 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 12 0 0 1 1 2
C. Pemsl - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ash - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nunge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Fredrick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Baer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Hobbs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 93 38 16 27/59 10/22 29/32 22 200 6 6 13 11 27