No. 24 Iowa rallied from a 68-60 second-half deficit to defeat Penn State 89-82 Wednesday night at Bryce-Jordan Center.
The Hawkeyes improved to 15-3 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten with their fourth straight win. Penn State is now 7-11, 0-7 despite scoring 19 more points than it had in any other conference game this season.
MVP: He might not stick out the first time you glance at the box score, but Ryan Kriener deserves some shine for his performance in this one. The Iowa forward had career-highs of 15 points and five assists and added three rebounds and two steals. He was 6 of 8 from the floor and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers. That was big for the Hawkeyes with leading scorer Tyler Cook sidelined with an ankle injury.
Turning point: Mike Watkins went to the line for a pair of foul shots with Penn State down 83-82 with 1:22 to go. He missed them both. Joe Wieskamp pulled down an offensive rebound on Iowa's next possession and Jordan Bohannon put the Hawkeyes up four with a deep 3-pointer with 35.8 seconds to go, his fifth trey of the game.
Key stat: 5. That's the number of 3-pointers Bohannon made on eight attempts, and the difference between his assists (6) and turnovers (1) in 34 minutes. It was an important all-around game for the Iowa point guard.
Points: Luka Garza, Iowa (22); Rasir Bolton, Penn State (16)
Rebounds: Luka Garza, Iowa (12); Mike Watkins, Penn State (11)
Assists: Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (6); Jamari Wheeler, Josh Reaves, Penn State (7)
Steals: Josh Reaves, Penn State (4)
Blocks: Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (1); Mike Watkins, Penn State (4)
3-Pointers: Jordan Bohannon, Iowa (5-8); Josh Reaves, Myles Dread, Penn State (4-9)
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Up next: The Hawkeyes host Illinois (5-12, 1-5) at noon Sunday (BTN). The Illini crushed Minnesota 95-68 Wednesday for their first Big Ten win.