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Iowa men’s basketball senior Peter Jok got to celebrate his 23rd birthday in style on Thursday night.
The Big Ten’s leading scorer poured in 21 points per round to win the 3-point contest at the college basketball Slam Dunk and 3-point Championship held at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Jok had 22 points to advance to the finals against hometown shooter, Grand Canyon’s DeWayne Russell; then scored 20 in the final round for the victory.
When receiving the trophy, Jok broke down his shooting display pretty simply.
“And yeah, I won,” Jok said in his interview on ESPN.
He wasn’t done shooting with the men’s competition, though. Jok also competed against the women’s, losing to Kansas State’s Kindred Wesemann in the overall finals on a tiebreaker after tying in the overall finals, 16-16. It was the second straight year the women’s champion beat the men’s champion.
Jok was 84 of 221 from 3-point range this season for 38 percent, and finished his career ranked fourth all time at Iowa in 3-pointers made with 216, trailing Jeff Horner (262), Matt Gatens (239) and Chris Kingsbury (226). He was a 37.8 percent 3-point shooter throughout his career.
Jok became the first Iowa player to win the college 3-point contest and joined Dean Oliver (2001), Luke Recker (2002), Jeff Horner (2006) and Adam Haluska (2007) as Hawkeyes invited to compete.
The West Des Moines Valley grad beat Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long head-to-head in the opening round of the competition.
After the contest was complete, a Twitter follower predicted Jok's teammate, freshman Jordan Bohannon, would be the 3-point champion after his senior year. Bohannon responded with a bold prediction:
We'll be in the final four... https://t.co/bxdiChqBHe— Jordan Bohannon (@JordanBo_3) March 31, 2017
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