IOWA CITY, Ia. — It was sloppy. Its pace was maniacal at times. But in the end, the Iowa Hawkeyes beat Regis University 95-73 in an exhibition Friday night.
How the game was won: Iowa traded blows with its Division II opponent for the first 12 minutes of this one. It carried an underwhelming 25-23 lead into a timeout with 8:09 left in the first half. Then Peter Jok woke up.
Jok, undoubtedly "the guy" for Iowa this year, scored 16 points over those final eight minutes. He drained four 3s in a row, including a 28-footer from straightaway, and netted Iowa's final 13 points of the half. He spearheaded a 26-8 run that left Iowa up 51-31 at the break and effectively ended this game.
Stat of the night: These new-look Hawkeyes are noticeably faster than last year, but also noticeably smaller — especially under the basket. They outrebounded Regis by just three (41-38). That's a D-II school with 38 rebounds ... a D-I school with 41.
Regis also edged Iowa 15-11 on the offensive glass.
What's next? Iowa opens its regular season at home against Kennesaw State at 8:35 p.m. next Friday.
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