IOWA CITY, Ia. – Peter Jok gave Iowa basketball fans one more example of how quickly he can heat up Sunday, scoring 20 second-half points to help extinguish Penn State 90-79 in his final regular-season game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Jok, Iowa's lone senior, was honored before the game along with junior Dale Jones, whose injury-plagued Hawkeye career also is ending. Jones got the start and hit an early 3-pointer for his first basket of the season.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for Iowa, which is playing its best basketball of the season as March begins. The Hawkeyes earned the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Iowa will play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2. The opponent will be either Indiana or Nebraska, depending on the outcome of Sunday night's Michigan-Nebraska game.
Jok finished as the Big Ten scoring leader at 20.2 points per game, the first Hawkeye to accomplish that feat since Adam Haluska 10 years ago.
He got plenty of help Sunday. Four other Hawkeyes scored in double figures — Nicholas Baer (20), Cordell Pemsl (14), Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook (11 apiece).
Iowa (18-13, 10-8 Big Ten) led 47-36 at halftime. The Hawkeyes took control with a 14-0 run midway through the half, forcing 11 consecutive Penn State misses.
Jok picked up two fouls and played only 5 minutes with one point in the first half. But Baer and Cordell Pemsl came off the bench to score 10 apiece. Iowa shot 50 percent in the opening half (16-of-32) and had 13 assists with only five turnovers.
Penn State (14-17, 6-12) was led by 10 points from Josh Reaves, who made all four of his shots.