23 Iowa shoots 68 percent, routs Illinois
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[January 21, 2019]
Joe Wieskamp didn't miss a shot
Sunday, going 8 for 8 from the field and 6 of 6 from 3-point range
as No. 23 Iowa set a Carver-Hawkeye Arena record by hitting 68
percent of its field goal attempts in a 95-71 Big Ten rout of
Wieskamp matched his season high of 24 points for Iowa (16-3, 5-3
Big Ten), which won its fifth straight game. Isaiah Moss scored 21
and dished out six assists, while Luka Garza added 20 points and
Jordan Bohannon kicked in 10.
Freshman Ayo Dosunmu paced the Fighting Illini (5-13, 1-6) with 15
points, six assists and four rebounds. Trent Frazier added 12 points
but made only 4 of 18 shots from the field, while freshman Giorgi
Bezhanishvili and Aaron Jordan each scored 11.
The Hawkeyes went 34 of 50 from the field and an astounding 15 of 21
from the 3-point line, drawing assists on 29 buckets. Six different
players finished with multiple assists, with Connor McCaffery doling
out eight in just 21 minutes.
While Iowa couldn't miss, Illinois rarely made. The Illini hit only
39.1 percent from the field and were 11 of 32 on 3-pointers. They
also coughed up 20 points off turnovers and 18 off the fast break.
The first half was marked by two things -- Illinois' inability to
make shots and Iowa's efficiency on offense. The Illini never led in
the half, undone by their 28.6 shooting percentage and allowing 14
points off eight turnovers.
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Fighting Illini head coach Brad Underwood reacts during the second
half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory
Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
The Hawkeyes broke away from a 6-6 tie with 12 consecutive points
over a span of 5:21, Wieskamp finishing the run with one of his four
3-pointers of the half at the 11:56 mark. The lead stayed in double
figures for most of the final six minutes of the half.
Iowa closed the half with an 8-2 burst, getting a 3-point shot from
Moss with five seconds left to take a 39-24 lead into the break. The
Hawkeyes drained 13 of 19 field goal tries in the half, including a
sizzling 5 of 6 from the 3-point arc.
--Field Level Media
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