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COLLEGE, PARK, Md. – Iowa freshman guard Jordan Bohannon “busted” his finger in practice Friday, according to head coach Fran McCaffery.
Saturday night the sharpshooter from Marion helped bust open a back-and-forth game in the first half, as he made eight of his first nine shots from 3-point range and had a career-high 24 points as Iowa beat No. 24 Maryland 83-69.
The Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8) led 47-40 at halftime and by 22 with 3:49 left as the reeling Terps lost for the third game in a row. Maryland (22-7, 10-6) was paced by freshman guard Kevin Huerter with 13 points but Iowa outscored the hosts 30-6 on second-chance points.
“We were able to get some transition shots. That shows what we are were able to do tonight on defense,” Bohannon said. “We were hungry to get a road win.”
Bohannon ended up 8 of 10 from long range and also had five assists and just two turnovers. Iowa is now 2-7 on the road overall and 2-6 in conference games away from home.
“We all know he can shoot,” said Iowa senior guard Peter Jok, who had 11 points. “We just told him to keep shooting.”
X-rays were negative on the finger of Bohannon, and he played like he was 100 percent Saturday.
So did the Hawkeyes, who made 16 of 26 shots from 3-point range. Freshman Tyler Cook had 21 points and 10 rebounds and reserve Nicholas Baer had 11 points.
“I don’t know if you ever see 16 makes coming,” McCaffery said. “We do have a lot of good shooters. Teams have been really looking in on Pete. I thought we were consistent offensively in terms of sharing the ball.”
The Iowa defense made things difficult for Maryland, as junior point guard Melo Trimble was 4 of 13 from the field and 1 of 9 from long range.
“I think the zone, it does a lot of things,” McCaffery said. “It limits the times you have to guard all of the ball screens. The zone keeps everyone in front of you for the most part. One of the concerns I had was rebounding out of (the zone). They made seven (threes) in the first half but luckily we had eight. They were taking a long time to shoot the ball.”
Isaiah Moss made a basket to give Iowa a 55-44 lead with 16:14 left. Bohannan then hit another long shot to make it 58-44 with 15:01 to go.
Iowa expanded the margin to 64-49 with 13:56 to go on a basket by Cook. Jok, who had 35 points Tuesday against Indiana, made it 69-53 with 10:28 remaining.
Bohannon made another trey to build the margin to 75-56 with 5:58 left and Iowa built the lead to 77-56 on a layup by Baer with 5:15 to go.
The game had nine lead changes in the first half in a contest in which each team started three freshmen.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Hawkeyes, who play Thursday at No. 16 Wisconsin. Is Iowa thinking about Big Ten tournament seeding?
“I don’t look at that at all,” McCaffery said. “I just think about Wisconsin. If you take care of business that will take care of itself.”