Hawkeyes dismantle ice-cold UNI in Des Moines
The Iowa men's basketball team dispatched another in-state rival Saturday afternoon, taking control at the outset of the game to throttle Northern Iowa 69-46 in the opening game of the Hy-Vee Classic at Wells Fargo Arena.
It was the third consecutive victory for the Hawkeyes, and it came on the heels of a 78-64 breeze past Iowa State on Dec. 8.
Iowa got 21 points from Peter Jok and 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench by Nicholas Baer. Cordell Pemsl added 10 points. The Hawkeyes shot 48.3 percent from the field (28-for-58), building a double-digit lead midway through the first half and never letting the Panthers get close.
Northern Iowa was led by Jeremy Morgan with 14 points. Spencer Haldeman had 12 and Wyatt Lohaus added 10. The Panthers shot a miserable 26.8 percent (15-for-56).
The Hawkeyes (6-5) owned the first half, limiting Northern Iowa to 6-for-31 shooting (19.4 percent) to take a 34-16 lead. Jok led the way with 12 points, making both of his 3-point attempts.
Panthers star Morgan had five quick points but didn’t score in the final 18 minutes of the half. The Hawkeyes punished the Panthers (5-5) inside, with an 18-4 advantage in points in the paint.
Iowa next hosts North Dakota at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Panthers are at North Carolina on Wednesday.