No. 19 Iowa got back on track after back-to-back losses with a 98-84 victory over rival Iowa State Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Both teams are now 7-2.
Coverage from Carver
MVP: Tyler Cook was a force inside the Cyclones, who were without forward Solomon Young, couldn't handle. The Iowa forward finished with 26 points on 12-for-16 shooting and 11 rebounds. That total included four putback dunks, including one that beat the first-half buzzer.
Turning point: The Hawkeyes led 45-38 at halftime and the game looked to be headed for an intense, back-and-forth second half after a first-half shoving match resulted in technical fouls for Iowa's Cordell Pemsl and Connor McCaffery and Iowa State's Michael Jacobson. But Iowa built a 16-point lead on a 14-2 run in less than three minutes, going up 63-47 with 14:38 to go. That stretch included a pair of 3-pointers from former Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Nicholas Bear. The lead got up to 20 with 11:59 to go, and while Iowa State didn't let Iowa coast to victory, the Cyclones couldn't get any closer than eight.
Key stat: 20. That was the Hawkeyes' advantage on the boards, 44-24. The obvious stat is 98 points, but Iowa's rebounding effort was notable and helped offset 18 turnovers The Hawkeyes converted 17 offensive rebounds into 23 second-chance points. Cook corralled four of those offensive boards himself.
Points: Tyler Cook, Iowa (26); Talen Horton-Tucker, ISU (21)
Rebounds: Tyler Cook, Iowa (11); Talen Horton-Tucker, ISU (6)
Assists: Jordan Bohannon, Connor McCaffery, Iowa (5); Tyrese Haliburton, ISU (5)
Steals: Isaiah Moss, Iowa (2); Marial Shayok, Tyrese Haliburton, ISU (3)
Blocks: Connor McCaffery, Iowa (1); Cam Lard, George Conditt, ISU (1)
3-Pointers: Isaiah Moss, Nicholas Baer, Iowa (4-5); Tyrese Haliburton, ISU (2-5)
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Cy-Hawk Series: The Cyclones came in having won four of the last five and seven of the last nine in the series. The Hawkeyes have now taken two of the last three. Tania Davis' game-winning 3-pointer pushed the Iowa women's basketball team's winning streak against Iowa State to three Wednesday night.
Up next: The Hawkeyes have over a week off before meeting Northern Iowa (3-5) in the final Hy-Vee Classic game at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. (BTN). Iowa State hosts Southern (1-7) on Sunday at 5 p.m., then takes on Drake (6-1) in the Hy-Vee Classic.