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Five Iowa players finished in double figures and the defense dominated a struggling Savannah State team, giving the Hawkeyes an easy 110-64 victory Saturday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa.
Savannah State came into the game against No. 23 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena ranking 353rd — last — among Division I teams in scoring defense, surrendering an average of 100.1 points per game. Joe Wieskamp led the way with 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting for the Hawkeyes, who made 19 3-pointers.
Junior guard Jordan Bohannon tallied 18 points, Tyler Cook chipped in 16, Isaiah Moss added 15 points and six assists, and Riley Till had 10 points off the bench to lead the Hawkeyes to their fourth straight win.
Zach Sellers finished with 18 points and Jaquan Dotson tallied 13 for the Tigers (3-11).
It was the Hawkeyes’ 58th win in their last 62 nonconference home games dating back to 2012, and they remain undefeated in 10 nonconference games this season. The Hawkeyes have scored at least 90 points five times this season, while the Tigers have given up 100 or more points six times.
The Hawkeyes put the game away in the first 20 minutes, shooting 9-for-21 on 3-pointers to seize a 58-28 lead at halftime. Unable to stop the Hawkeyes, the Tigers also struggled to score points in the second half. Savannah State was held to two points in the first three-plus minutes.
Cook set the tone for the blowout victory, scoring the first four points as Iowa seized a 5-0 lead. Bohannon hit two straight 3-pointers to pad the lead to 19-5 with 16:05 left before halftime. Wieskamp added a layup and 3-pointer in a 17-second span to increase Iowa’s advantage to 29-8. Cook scored six straight points to give the Hawkeyes a 38-11 edge midway through the first half, and Moss’ dunk and layup pushed the lead to 44-11.
Iowa will take a week off and return to action Dec. 29 at home against Bryant. Savannah State is on a two-week holiday hiatus and next plays Jan. 5 at Coppin State.
—Field Level Media