IOWA CITY — The Iowa men's basketball team finished the regular season Sunday with a 90-79 victory over Penn State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
1. Senior sendoff
For a little while Sunday it looked like Peter Jok might get upstaged by his freshmen teammates (hold that thought) in Iowa’s 90-77 win against Penn State. The senior had just one point at halftime, and had to sit for a long stretch with two fouls.
The first three or so minutes of the second half put that to rest pretty quickly.
The Big Ten scoring champion put up 13 points before the first media timeout and finished with 21.
2. Curtain call
Coach Fran McCaffery has talked at length about how terrible he feels for Dale Jones’ star-crossed career. That made starting the senior on his Senior Day both logical and classy.
What’s more, Jones – who dealt with a torn ACL and broken wrist in his two seasons with the Hawkeyes – made the first shot of the game and his first bucket of the season with a 3-pointer from the wing.
He also got to take the final shot, and even if it missed, he got his Senior Day memory.
3. Young guns
While Jok sat with those fouls, the future of the program took over.
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Nicholas Baer finished with a double-double, going 7 of 10 from the field for 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Tyler Cook had a double-double as well with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Cordell Pemsl had 14 points and six rebounds. And Jordan Bohannon had 11 points and five assists.
The Hawkeyes (18-13, 10-8) lose a lot in Peter Jok, but the future seems to be in good hands.